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Suroosh Alvi




Alma mater
McGill University

Net worth
USD $400 Million

Suroosh Alvi

March 26, 1969 (age 55) (
Toronto, Canada

Known for
co-founder of VICE magazine

Heavy Metal in Baghdad, Reincarnated, VICE Guide to Congo

News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Interview

Similar People
Shane Smith, Andy Capper, Gavin McInnes, Thomas Morton, Andrew Creighton


VICE co-founders Suroosh Alvi & Shane Smith - What is VICE?

Suroosh Alvi (born 26 March 1969) is a Pakistani Canadian journalist and filmmaker. He is the co-founder of VICE magazine, a youth media brand operating in 34 countries. Alvi is a travelled journalist and an executive producer of film, covering global youth culture, news, and music. He has hosted and produced award-winning documentaries investigating controversial issues, movements, and subcultures, including conflict minerals in Congo, the Iraq War, and the rise of the Taliban of Pakistan.


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In conversation with co founders of vice suroosh alvi shane smith

Early life

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Suroosh Alvi was born in Toronto to Muslim Pakistani parents, both of whom are academics; his mother is Sajida S. Alvi whose focus is on Islamic Studies and Mughal history, and is now professor emerita at McGill University, and his father is Sabir A. Alvi, professor emeritus in psychology at the University of Toronto. Alvi studied philosophy at McGill University.


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Suroosh Alvi launched VICE with Shane Smith and Gavin McInnes in Montreal in 1994. Originally a punk magazine, VICE has expanded and diluted to include a network of online video channels, including,, and, and, a television production studio, a record label, an in-house creative services agency and a book publishing division. Today VICE produces over 60 original video series, covering news to travel to music to arts to fashion, and has a network of correspondents and bureaus.

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In 2014, Alvi served as a guest curator for the PHI Centre in Montreal and oversaw a month's worth of programming.

VICE Reporting

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In 2006, VICE moved into video reporting and Suroosh Alvi did the "Gun markets of Pakistan" video report. As a journalist, Suroosh Alvi has covered stories from around the world, reporting from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip. He has produced and hosted documentaries for VICE News and VICE Travel series. Alvi most recently hosted segments for VICE's new series on HBO, VICE.

VICE Music

In 2002, Alvi created VICE Music, the company's record label which has partnered with over 50 artists and sold more than 7 million albums worldwide. Clients have included Snoop Lion, Action Bronson, Black Lips, Justice, Chromeo, The Streets, Bloc Party, and Death From Above 1979. In 2011, Alvi launched a partnership between VICE Music and Warner Bros. Records.


In 2007, Alvi co-directed and executive produced the VICE Film, Heavy Metal in Baghdad - a documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day. The film was an official selection at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2008 Berlin FilmFestival, and winner of Best Documentary at the 2008 Warsaw Film Festival.

In 2012, Alvi travelled to Jamaica with VICE where he produced the feature-length film, REINCARNATED, featuring Snoop Lion, along with Director Andy Capper. The film was accepted at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and had its US premiere at the 2013 SXSW festival.

Personal life

Alvi resides in New York City. He has mentioned he is married in an interview. He has a young son named Reza.


  • Heavy Metal in Baghdad
  • Gun Markets of Pakistan
  • Life after Bin Laden in Pakistan
  • In Saddam's Shadow: Baghdad 10 Years After the Invasion
  • Vice Guide to Karachi: Battle of Lyari
  • VICE News: Terror
  • References

    Suroosh Alvi Wikipedia

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