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Muammar Gaddafi’s only daughter, Aisha, found herself the subject of many international headlines this week after she rallied a crowd early Friday from a balcony at her father’s compound.
For 35-year-old Aisha, who’s been branded North Africa’s “Claudia Schiffer” due to her glamorous image, it was the most overtly political gesture to date. (Previously, she has grabbed headlines over an alleged affair with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi).
She’s not the only known member of the Gaddafi family carrying her father’s legacy. As Time reports, brother Saif, 40, is known as a shrewd operator and canny businessman, while 39-year-old Saadi enjoyed a brief Italian soccer career. Little is known about Khamis, said to have died in a kamikaze attack, or Milad, a nephew whom Gaddafi adopted.
But clearly they’re all currently faring better than Hosni Mubarak’s sons, currently detained and awaiting interrogation.
View known details of Gaddafi and Mubarak’s children here:
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
Saif’s loyalty to his father’s embattled dictatorship now seems hard to question, but prior to the uprising, the shrewd businessman — who speaks fluent English — had long cultivated himself as a figure of reform.
National Security Adviser Mutassim Gaddafi is believed to have actively tried to cultivate relations with Washington. Still, Mutassim seems even more embedded in Libya’s state-security firmament than Saif, and commands their father’s elite presidential guard.
Known for his penchant for brawling in high-end nightclubs, Hannibal is arguably the “bad boy” of the group. He and his wife, Aline Skaf, were arrested in Switzerland allegedly beating their attendants in a fancy hotel suite in Geneva. The incident prompted a diplomatic crisis, with Libya cutting off oil supplies to Switzerland and boycotting Swiss goods.
Mohammed, the only child from Gaddafi’s first marriage, is a computer scientist who has headed the country’s Olympic committee and the state-run General Post and Telecommunications Company.
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