Amal Alamuddin is an accomplished Oxford and NYU graduate.
Amal was born in war-torn Beirut in 1978 to Ramzi Alamuddin and Bariaa Miknass. Her father comes from the town of Baakline, a suburb of Beirut and a home to many Lebanese Druze. He is a retired professor of business studies at the American University of Beirut. Amal’s mother Bariaa is a senior correspondent and editor at Al-Hayat newspaper and has interviewed many regional leaders. The family moved to London when Amal was two years-old. She has one sister, Tala, and two half-brothers, Samer and Ziad.
When Bariaa attended Al-Hayat’s 25th Jubilee in London last November, news about that George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin had already surfaced. But like every mother trying to protect her daughter from the public eye, Bariaa insisted that the two were just friends.
However, sources told Al Arabiya News that Clooney invited the whole family to join the couple on a safari trip in Tanzania and the Seychelles last month. Around the same time, more photos of the pair started to appear publicly. The couple was seen holding hands at a movie screening at the White House, dining in New York and Los Angeles, and hanging out in Malibu with Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber.
Those who know Amal speak of her brilliant mind, elegance and intellect. She won the Shrigley Award at Oxford University and the Jack Katz Memorial Award at New York University School of Law. She was also voted as the hottest London barrister in 2013.
The Lebanese beauty, who the media has portrayed as an Anne Hathaway look-a-like, differs from Clooney’s past ex-girlfriends, a long roster of supermodels and actresses.
Her career blends humanitarian law and international politics. One of her clients is the controversial figure Julian Assange, responsible for leaking a massive amount of diplomatic cables between American officials. She also advises many governments on international law and has previously consulted for former U.N. envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan. She has also represented the state of Cambodia, the former Libyan intelligence chief Abdallah al-Senussi, and Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
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Source: Al Arabiya