Tarek Ghani: Exiled Afghan prez Ashraf Ghani's son lives in $1.2M Washington DC house

Tarek Ghani: Exiled Afghan prez Ashraf Ghani's son lives in $1.2M Washington DC house
Tarek Ghani is the son of exiled Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (crisisgroup.org/ Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)

Exiled Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's son Tarek Ghani has so far declined to comment on the harrowing crisis that has unfolded in his homeland as the Taliban has taken over the war-torn nation and instead, is blissfully living his life with his wife in a $1.2 million townhouse in Washington DC. 

The 39-year-old is living a life that is far from the horrifying rule that is unfolding on the streets of Kabul where the military Islamic group has begun their regime — something that led Tarek's father, who had once vowed to stay and fight for his country, to flee in a helicopter stuffed with $169 million in cash. Recently, the Daily Mail obtained pictures of Tarek enjoying some leisure time in the Logan Circle area, wearing denim shorts and a sky-blue t-shirt. When asked, he refused to comment on the unfolding situation in Afghanistan.


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Despite having expertise in global warfare, he refused to discuss the unfolding Afghan crisis and the Taliban takeover of the land. Daily Mail reported that he replied a curt "no" and closed the front door when the outlet approached him to have a discussion. Some hours later, he was seen strolling in the Logan Circle area, one of the most fashionable parts of DC. He visited an upscale watch and leather goods store before heading for an outside table at a trendy café-diner where he was joined by an unknown female friend.

You can see his photos here.

Who is Tarek Ghani?


Tarek Ghani was born in the United States and grew up in Maryland. He has a host of distinguished academic achievements and associations with leading bodies tied with the country's most prestigious universities. He has received his bachelor's degree in international security from Stanford University and then went on to achieve a Master's and PhD from University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business. 

He lives with his wife Elizabeth Pearson in an expensive townhouse just a mile from the Capitol building in an upscale Washington DC neighborhood. The pair brought the house for $959,000 in 2018. The property features three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The price of the property has since skyrocketed.

Tarek Ghani's wife Elizabeth Pearson (LinkedIn)

A number of charitable organizations such as International Crisis Group, an independent organization working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world, and Innovations for Poverty Action, a research and policy nonprofit that creates and shares evidence, while equipping decision-makers to use evidence to reduce poverty, lists Tarek's profile in their websites. From January 2020-April 2021, he was Crisis Group’s Chief Economist and Program Director, Future of Conflict. From July 2018 to December 2019 he was Crisis Group's Senior Economic Adviser. He was an affiliate of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) and the International Growth Center, and leads a collaboration with the International Crisis Group on the economics of conflict.

According to Daily Mail, he returned a professorship after his stint with the International Crisis Group. He is currently back as assistant professor of strategy at the private Washington University in St Louis, where he lectures at the Olin Business School.

The Center for Global Development — a non-profit think-tank based in DC and London — wrote about Tarek after he worked with them: "Tarek Ghani's dedication to global prosperity and poverty eradication is not only part of who he is; it is also a large part of where he comes from. While an undergraduate at Stanford, he took a year off to live in Afghanistan and serve as an assistant to his father Ashraf Ghani, who served as the finance minister after the fall of the Taliban. Witnessing the process of nation-building in a fragile state clearly had a profound effect on him, as it serves as a defining aspect of his promising career."

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