Son of Ali Khamenei
| Shia Islam|
| 1969 (age 46–47)Mashhad, Iran|
Zahra Haddad Adel (m. 2004)
Khojaste Bagherzadeh, Ali Khamenei
Seyyed Javad Khamenei, Khadijeh Mirdamadi
Hadi Khamenei, Seyyed Mohammad Khamenei
Ali Khamenei, Hadi Khamenei, Mir‑Hossein Mousavi, Mohammad Khatami, Seyyed Mohammad Khamenei
Mojtaba Khamenei Wikipedia
Sayyed Mojtaba Hosseini Khamenei (Persian: سید مجتبی حسینی خامنهای; born 8 September 1969) is son of Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran. He was involved in the Iran-Iraq war operations in 1980 to 1988. Mojtaba reportedly took control over the Basij militia that was used to suppress the protests over the 2009 election.
He's considered by western sources as one of the possible candidates of succeeding his father Ali Khamenei, who has ruled Iran for nearly three decades. But this position is chosen only by the Assembly of Experts.
Mojtaba was born in Mashhad in 1969 and is the second son of Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran. After graduating from high school, he studied theology. His early teachers included his own father and Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. In 1999, he continued his studies in Qom to become a cleric. Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani and Mohammad Bagher Kharazi were his teachers there.
Mojtaba teaches theology in the Qom seminary. He was affiliated with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and supported Ahmedinejad in the 2005 and 2009 presidential elections.
Journalists stated that he may "have played a leading role in orchestrating" Ahmadinejad's electoral victory, and that he may be "a key figure in orchestrating the crackdown against anti-government protesters" in June 2009, and directly in charge of the paramilitary Basij, a blackout of his name in the regime press notwithstanding. In an open letter, Mehdi Karroubi, ex-chairman of the Majlis (parliament) and a reformist candidate in the 2009 presidential vote, explicitly accused Mojtaba Khamenei of participating in a conspiracy to rig the election, referring to illegal interference of "a network".
Mojtaba is reported to have a strong influence over his father and is talked about as his possible successor. This is thought by some to present a problem as the Supreme Leader is not a hereditary position but is chosen by the Assembly of Experts from among senior Shia Islamic scholars. "The strength of Mojtaba's personal following has not been demonstrated," and while he wears clerical robes he "by no means has the theological status" to rise to Supreme Leader. According to Los Angeles Times, Mojtaba's religious and political stature may still not be enough for Ali Khamenei to one day just unveil his son as his successor. Also the Assembly of Experts is considered by many as a ceremonial body without any real power. According to the Guardian and French newspaper Libération, among other sources, he is widely believed to control huge financial assets. This allegation was rejected by Assembly of the Forces of Imam's Line, an Iranian political group led by his uncle Hadi Khamenei. Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his former ally, accused Mojtaba Khamenei of embezzling from the state treasury.
Mojtaba is married to the daughter of former parliamentary speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel. He has a son born in 2007 whose name is Mohammad Bagher. The couple's second child, a girl born in 2013, was named Mahdieh.
Mojtaba Khamenei is widely believed to control huge financial assets.