Facts of Gelila Assefa
|Full Name:||Gelila Assefa|
|Birth Date:||, 1980|
|Birth Place:||Addis Ababa|
|Husband / Wife Name:||Wolfgang|
|Profession:||fashion designer and philanthropist|
|Height / How tall? :||5 feet 8 inches (1.73m)|
|Net Worth:||$75 Million|
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Gelila Assefa is an Ethiopian fashion designer and philanthropist who founded the Dream For Future Africa Foundation, which is dedicated to delivering opportunity and equity to people in Africa who are most in need.
She is best known around the world as the wife of Wolfgang Puck, the famed Austrian-American chef.
Gelila Assefa: Bio, Parents, Siblings, Ethnicity
She was born in the early 1980s in Addis Ababa, where she was nurtured and attended school.
Gelila’s childhood is little known, except that her father was a businessman and her mother was an Ethiopian Airlines attendant, presumably picked by Heile Selassie for her good looks and conversational ability.
All about Gelila Assefa’s Career
Gelila has her own handbag line and has also established a couture gowns line, although there isn’t much information on her business. This has boosted her riches to the point where she has shifted her focus to philanthropy in recent years.
She is the founder of the Dream For Future Africa Foundation and a board member of the Ethiopian Children’s Fund. Gelila has also been recognized for her humanitarian efforts by Essence Magazine, BMW, and VERTU, as well as the 2009 Champion of Children Award from the Children’s Institute of Los Angeles, where she serves on the Board of Trustees.
Net Worth and Salary
Despite having a highly successful clothing company, Assefa has recently become more focused on philanthropy than her profession.
Her net worth is estimated to be above $5 million, whereas Wolfgang Puck’s net worth is as high as $75 million, according to sources.
Relationship Status: Divorced?
Wolfgang and Gelila met in the late 1990s, while Gelila was studying fashion at Trade-Tech College and Wolfgang was divorced from his first wife, Barbara Lazaroff, with whom he was married from 1983 to 2003.
Their romance blossomed over time, and after two years, Wolfgang proposed to Gelila, and the two became engaged.
Gelila and Wolfgang married on July 7, 2007, on a hillside above the Grand Hotel Quisisana in Capri, Italy; the bride wore a J. Mendel gown and Christian Louboutin shoes that she made herself.
Gelila has become a stepmother to Wolfgang’s children from a previous marriage, and the couple has also welcomed two sons, Oliver and Alexander Puck, into their family.