While he was alive, he dubbed himself The Greatest, a title no one ever argued with because Muhammad Ali was indeed one of a kind – the only man to hold the world heavyweight title three separate times. He is a boxing legend, a figurehead for racial equality and one of the most influential men in the history of sports.
He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. but changed his name in the 1960s when he converted to Islam. His faith eventually played a key role for the rest of his life. Ali died at a hospital in Phoenix where he had been hospitalized following respiratory complications of Parkinson’s disease (he had been diagnosed with the disease since the 1980s).
Date of Birth: January 17, 1942
Date of Death: June 3, 2016 (aged 74)
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
It is not hidden that Muhammad Ali is one of the greatest boxers of all time but his life was not just about the dangerous sports. He had a family and with all the historical impact he made during his lifetime, his true legacy resides in his children and the good works they do in the community. Keep reading to know more about the ex-wives and children to ‘the Greatest’.
Muhammad Ali was married 4 times and had 3 baby mamas.
Sonji Roi (former spouse)
Duration of Marriage: 1964 – 1966 (2 years)
Date of Birth: November 23, 1945
Date of Death: October 11, 2005 (aged 59)
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
She was a cocktail waitress and is most known as the first wife to the renowned legend. Their union was very short (due to religious conflicts) and they never had kids together. She eventually had a child named Herman Griffin and was married a second time to attorney Reynaldo Glover. She died from cancer.
Khalilah Camacho Ali (former spouse)
Duration of Marriage: August 18, 1967 – December 29, 1976 (9 years)
Date of Birth: March 17, 1950
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Khalilah was formerly known as Belinda Boyd and like her ex-husband; she was also a martial artist. Before Muhammad, Belinda was formerly married twice; first to Antar Ali then to Rene Gonzalez Camacho. She is also an actress known for The China Syndrome (1979). She gave birth to 4 kids while being married to Ali.
Patricia Harvell (ex-partner)
She was never married to Muhammad but was one of his girlfriends. Ali was in his second marriage while the affair with Harvell lasted and it ended with the birth of a love child Miya. Not much is known about Patricia, she pretty much lacks a public profile outside her name.
Aaisha Fletcher (ex-partner)
She met the famed boxer in the early 1970s and their affair led to the birth of Klaliah Ali-Wertheimer.
Barbara Mensah (alleged ex-girlfriend)
Year of Birth: 1946
All we know about is that she is the mother to one of Muhammad’s alleged kid, Kiiursti. Kiiursti claims that the late icon met Barbara when she was only 17 years and they were involved in a romantic relationship around that time.
Veronica Porche Ali (former spouse)
Duration of Marriage: 1977 – 1986 (9 years)
Date of Birth: December 16, 1955
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Ali had an affair with Veronica while he was still married to his second wife Belinda and eventually married her after his second divorce. While they were together, Veronica had two daughters for the late icon. She is a former clinical psychologist and in May 2007, appeared with her two daughters on Dancing with the Stars.
Yolanda “Lonnie” Ali (widow)
Duration of Marriage: 1986 – 2016 (20 years); till his death
Yolanda Williams had been Muhammad’s best friend for several years but their relationship eventually took a new turn in 1986 when they were joined officially. They never had a biological child together but their union lasted the longest of all Ali’s marriages and he was with her up until his death in 2016.
Muhammad Ali has 10 children, 8 daughters and 2 sons.
Maryum Ali (daughter with Khalilah Ali)
Date of Birth: June 18, 1968
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
May May as she is fondly called is the eldest child in the Ali family and she was born from her father’s second marriage. She is a stand-up comedian who also tried her hands on rap before deciding to pursue a degree in social work.
Rasheda and Jamilah Ali (identical twin daughters with Khalilah Ali)
Year of Birth: 1970
Rasheda is an author, host, speaker and advocate for Parkinson’s disease. She is also married to Bob Walsh with whom they are parents to Biaggio Ali Walsh (born in 1998) and Nico Ali Walsh (born in 2001).
Jamilah on the other hand has been married to former prize fighter Michael Joyce since 2010 and they are both parents to Jake Joyce. She once worked for Illinois Secretary of State’s Office and remains close to her twin sister till date.
Miya Ali (daughter with Patricia Harvell)
Year of Birth: 1972
Patricia was never married to the great Ali but she was one of the few women he had an affair with that resulted in the birth of a love child. Miya was born while the legendary sportsman was married to Belinda meaning the affair was around that period.
Muhammad Ali Jr. (son with Khalilah Ali)
Year of Birth: 1972
He is the fourth child to the great star and also the only biological son born to Ali. Muhammad Jr. has a wife named Shaakira and they are both parents to Amerra and Shakira.
Khaliah Ali (daughter with Aaisha Fletcher)
Date of birth: 1974
She was another love child while her father was in his second marriage and is now a mother to Jacob Wertheimer from her marriage to Spencer Wertheimer. Khaliah struggled with obesity since she was a child, this prompted her decision to have a surgery; since then, she has been an advocate for healthy eating and living. Khaliah is also a designer, author and real estate agent
Kiiursti Mensah-Ali (daughter with Barbara Mensah)
She is yet another love child to the late success icon. It was originally thought that Ali had nine kids but Kiiursti claims to have proof in a paternity test, she even blamed Lonnie (Muhammad’s widow) for cutting her out of her father’s life.
Hana Yasmeen Ali (daughter with Veronica Porche Ali)
Date of Birth: June 15, 1976
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
She is the first child Muhammad had from his third wife Veronica. In 2004, Hana co-authored the book The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections of a Life’s Journey with her late father. She has also worked as a freelance writer for CNN. Since 2013, she has been married to mixed martial artist Kevin Berryman Casey Jr.
Laila Ali (daughter with Veronica Porche Ali)
Date of Birth: December 30, 1977
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Of all the Ali kids, Laila is the only one who pursued boxing as a professional career, making her the most known offspring though youngest daughter of the late champ. Her father was initially upset as regards her choice of career because of the dangerous nature of the sports but after several fights, he eventually let her be.
Her first marriage was in 2000 to Johnny “Yahya” McClain but they were only five years into their union when she divorced and on July 23, 2007, she was joined to Curtis Conway, former NFL wide receiver for the Chicago Bears. They have two kids; Curtis Muhammad Jr. (born August 26, 2008) and a daughter named Sydney (born April 4, 2011). Laila is also a step-mother to Curtis’s children from his previous marriage; Kelton, Leilani and Cameron.
Asaad Amin Ali (adopted son with Lonnie Ali)
Year of Birth: 1986
Asaad is best known as the youngest son to the late legend. He was adopted by Muhammed and his wife Lonnie when he was only five months old and remained their youngest child till Ali passed. Amin is a great athlete in his own right as he was a former catcher for the L.A Angels Major League Baseball team.
Aaisha Ali Fletcher
October 31, 2019 at 11:55 pm
I was not a girlfriend of Muhammad Ali. I was an Islamic wife. I was excepted as a second wife with Khaliliah Ali, we were married by Elijah Muhammad in 1973. As Muslims, it is acceptable to have up to four wives. We were living by our religious principle to Muhammad having more than one wife. Muhammad touch a very strong stand as being a Muslim. I was not a one night stand nor a girlfriend. I was the second slams wife, Belinda was his second. This was a known Fact to all those close to Muhammad, including Veronica and Lonnie. I am a very private person. Was then and still am now. I just want to set the record straight, for historic fact and because it was and is acceptable of my religion. There are a lot of Muslims in America who have multiple wives, just as the Mormons. But I am tired of Muhammad being painted as man that had women all over the place. That is an insult to who and what he stood for as a Muslim man. We loved one another dearly as Islamic husband and wife. In honor of Muhammad and our Islamic religion, I had to set the record straight.
June 21, 2020 at 11:38 am
Dear sister Aaisha. I’m an Aussie Muslim convert myself and am married to my wife both in Islam originally because we eloped from a country where there was no way except secret niccah and also we’re married in my country and I agree with you completely and am glad you clarified this fact for us. For my wife and me, the most important ceremony is our Islamic marriage and I was married twice before my conversion. We only married by secular law also because it was necessary for immigration and nothing is more binding that our original Shariah marriage.
Ali was a great man and inspiration and a rare example for all men but especially black people in America. It is too bad they missed his message of peace and that racism is bad, no matter what colour of skin does it.