Saddam Hussein Bio, Net Worth, Height, Facts

Saddam Hussein
  • Name: Saddam Hussein
  • Age at Death: 69 years old
  • Height: 6ft 1in (186 cm)
  • Occupation: 5th President of Iraq
  • Net Worth: US $2 Billion
  • Status: Deceased

Saddam Hussein was an Iraqi dictator and fifth President of Iraq. He was born on April 28, 1937 in the town of Al-Awja near Tikrit. His biological parents were Hussein and Subha. Hussein was raised by his uncle, Khairallah Talfah, in Baghdad. Talfah was a Sunni Muslim and Arab nationalist. Hussein attended al-Karh Secondary School in Baghdad. He later studied law at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt.

Hussein joined the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party in 1957. He attempted to assassinate then-president of Iraq, Abd al-Karim Qasim, on October 7, 1959. The assassination failed and he fled to Syria. Hussein returned to Iraq in 1963 but he was arrested shortly after. Despite being imprisoned, he was appointed deputy secretary of the Regional Command in 1966. Hussein led a successful Ba’athist coup in 1968 which resulted in Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr being named Iraq’s president. Hussein served as al-Bakr’s vice president during which time he was able to nationalize oil and other industries.

Hussein became president of Iraq on July 16, 1979, a position he held until April 9, 2003. He maintained power during the Iran–Iraq War, and the Gulf War. Thousands of Iraqis were killed under his rule including the 1982 Dujail Massacre of 148 Shi’ite Muslims. Hussein was suspected of harboring weapons of mass destruction and for having ties with Osama bin Laden‘s al Qaeda organization. As a result, Iraq was invaded in 2003 by a U.S. led coalition. The Ba’ath party was disbanded and elections were held in its place.

Saddam Hussein was found hiding in an underground bunker near Tikrit on December 13, 2003. He was found guilty on November 6, 2006 and sentenced to death for his crimes against humanity. He was hanged on December 30, 2006 at the age of 69. His remains were buried in his hometown of Al-Awja. Hussein had a net worth of $2 billion. He was married to wives Sajida Talfah and Samira Shahbandar. He had five children, Uday, Qusay, Raghad, Rana and Hala.

Saddam Hussein Bio, Net Worth, Facts
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Saddam Hussein Age, Birthday, Married

  • Birth Name: Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti
  • Birthday: April 28, 1937
  • Place of Birth: Al-Awja, Iraq
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • How Tall : Height: 6ft 1in (186 cm)
  • Occupation: Former President of Iraq
  • Years Active: 1979-2003
  • Net Worth : Salary: US $2 Billion
  • Marriage(s): Sajida Talfah, Samira Shahbandar
  • Death-O-Meter: Dead
  • Died: December 30, 2006
  • Cause of Death: Execution by Hanging
  • Place of Death: Kadhimiya, Baghdad, Iraq

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