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Zari Hassan biography: education, children, career, net worth

  • Full name: Zarinah Hassan
  • Nickname: Zari Hassan and Zari The Boss Lady
  • Date of birth: 23rd of September, 1980
  • Place of birth: Jinja, Uganda
  • Age: 42 years old
  • Nationality: Ugandan
  • Children: Five (Pinto, Quincy, Didy, Prince Nillan, Tiffah Dangote).
  • Occupation: Singer, entrepreneur, and influencer
  • Parents: Nasur Hassan and the late Halima Hassan
  • Siblings: Two (Zuleha Hassan and Zara Hassan)
  • Relationship status: Single
  • Net worth: $8 million

Zari Hassan birth, family, and siblings

Born in 1980 to a diverse heritage, Zari has the looks of both her links. Her maternal grandfather is Indian, her maternal grandmother is Ugandan, and the maternal grandmother is Burundian. Her late mother succumbed due to a heart related illness. Zari was was born in a family of two other siblings.

Zari Hassan education background

The Ugandan socialite, with very strong ties to Tanzania and South Africa, attended a renowned primary school in Jinja town where she passed with flying colors. She was then to join Jinja Girls’ High School for her high school diploma. Later on, she pursue a diploma course in cosmetology in London, UK.

Zari Hassan career and awards as a musician

Zari The Boss Lady recorded her hit song ‘Oliwange’ (2007) which made her popular. She was later nominated and won the Channel O awards as the best African Video of the year. The event happened in Johannesburg South Africa.

Zari Hassan the boss lady
Zari Hassan (The Boss Lady)

Zari Hassan dating and marriage life.

Who is Zari dating? She has been on-and-off relationships. Some have been long-term, but none has been successful.

Zari has been linked to different prominent people. But when we first knew her, she was engaged to Ivan Ssemwanga who she got married to in 2004. They two were blessed with three children (Pinto, Quincy, and Didy) in their marriage of 12 years.

Zarinah with her late husband Ivan Ssemwanga
Zari Hassan with Ivan Ssemwanga

Ivan Ssemwanga, her ex-husband, was a Ugandan billionaire who had invested in East Africa and South Africa. In 2012, Ivan and Zari Hassan divorced and five years later, Ivan Ssemwanga succumbed to a stroke in Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

The two got divorced in 2012 due to physical abuse allegations that were raised by Zari. In 2017, Ssemwanga was attacked by a massive stroke and got admitted to Steve Biko Academic Hospital where he succumbed to death on 25th May 2017. He was buried in Uganda. Zari continued to manage Ssemwanga’s vast business investments by moving to South Africa.

In 2014, she also dated a Ugandan basketball player, Farouk Sempala. The two broke up only a few weeks later.

In 2014, Diamond Platinumz (Naseeb Abdul Juma) and Zari Hassan were involved in romantic relationship that culminated in two children: a daughter, Latifah Dangote (6th August 2015) and a son, Prince Nillan (6th December 2016). Diamond Platnumz is 7 years younger than Zari Hassan.

Zari Hassan with Diamond Platnumz
Zari Diamond Prince Nillan and Tiffah
Zari with diamond and their young kids

The two separated due to cheating allegations and doubts around the eligibility of Diamond as the biological father of Tiffah.

In 2019, Zari was linked to South African body builder and model. For a long time, he was not known but Zari fondly referred to him as King Bae.

Zari Hassan with 'King Bae'
Zari Hassan with ‘King Bae’

Her affair with Dark Stallion also ended prematurely.

In 2022, Zari is allegedly dating GK Choppa, a Ugandan based in South Africa too.

Zari with GK Choppa

Zari Hassan (The Boss Lady) Net Worth – What does Zari Hassan do for a living?

Zari started singing while she was in primary. Currently she is a social media influence, musician, and businesswoman.

Some of the businesses she runs are a real estate company, Brooklyn Schools in South Africa, and a five-star hotel in Kampala. While her relationship life may be unlucky, she has excelled at two things: raising her kids and successfully running her businesses.

It is estimated that the net worth of Zarinah could easily be over $8 million. As a result, she is arguably one of the richest if not the richest model in East Africa. Her massive wealth can be seen from the various properties she owns. From a fleet of cars to glamourous homes. With a Range Rover Vogue, Toyota Landcruiser V8, a black Mercedes Benz E250, Audi Q5, Range Rover Evoque, and a Bentley. there is no arguing about her wealth.

Zari and Diamond mansion in SA
Zari and Diamond house in SA

It is alleged that most of the properties owned by his late husband were left to her because she had Ssemwanga’s three children. However, Zarinah terms them as just rumours.

Zari Hassan is living an affluent life

Can you reject a gift of a Range Rover from an admirer? Ringtone Apoko of Kenya pursued Zari incessantly after her separation with Diamond Platnumz. Ringtone offered a dowry in form of cows and promised to help Zari turn a new life by preaching to her. Obviously, Ringtone was a persona non grata to Zari The Boss Lady.