Abdul Reza Pahlavi

Iranian royal

Abdul Reza Pahlavi (Persian: عبدالرضا پهلوی‎; 19 August 1924 – 11 May 2004) was a member of Iran's Pahlavi dynasty. He was a son of Reza Shah and a half-brother of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.


Early life and education

Abdul Reza Pahlavi was born on 19 August 1924 in Tehran. His parents were Reza Pahlavi and Princess Esmat Dowlatshahi, the daughter of Prince Mojalal-e Dowleh Dowlatshahi Qajar. She was a member of the Qajar dynasty and the fourth as well as last wife of Reza Pahlavi. They married in 1923. Abdul Reza had three brothers and a sister: Ahmad Reza, Mahmoud Reza, Fatemeh and Hamid Reza Pahlavi. They lived in the Marble palace in Tehran with their parents. When his father exiled, he accompanied him in Mauritius and then in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1941 to 1944. During this period there were rumors that the Allies had been planning to install Abdul Reza as king instead of his elder brother Mohammad Reza.

He studied business administration at Harvard University.


During the reign of his half-brother, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Abdul Reza headed different institutions, On 3 September 1949 he was named honorary head of the supreme planning board of Iran's seven-year plan. He was the head of the planning organization between 1954 and 1955. He served as the chairman of the Harvard-affiliated Iran centre for management studies from 1969 to 1979. He also headed the wildlife conservation high council and international council for game and wildlife conservation. He was also part of the Royal Council that ruled Iran during the international visits of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Pahlavi also dealt with business, being wholly or partly the owner of factories, mining operations and agricultural firms. In addition, he dealt with environmental affairs during that time. He left Iran before the 1979 revolution together with other relatives.

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