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Zera Yacob Amha Selassie

Ethiopian crown prince
The basics
Date of birth Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mother: Medferiashwork Abebe
Father: Amha Selassie
Education University of Cambridge, Eton College, Exeter College
The details

Zera Yacob Amha Selassie (; Ge'ez ዘርአ ያዕቆብ አምሃ ሥላሴ; born 17 August 1951) is the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie and son of Emperor-in-Exile Amha Selassie of Ethiopia. He has been Head of the Imperial House of Ethiopia since 17 February 1997 and is currently recognized as such by the self-styled Crown Council of Ethiopia.


He attended Eton College and graduated from Exeter College, Oxford. He was named "Acting Crown Prince" and heir presumptive to the Imperial throne of Ethiopia in 1974 by his grandfather, Emperor Haile Selassie, following his father's severe stroke a year earlier.

Following the fall of the Ethiopian monarchy, Prince Zera Yacob completed his studies at Oxford in the mid-seventies and went on to work briefly as a banker in the United States. He then returned to London to be closer to his parents. He was married and had a son, Prince Ababe, but was subsequently divorced from his wife. He briefly accompanied his father Amha Selassie when he moved to Texas in the US in 2000, but later returned to England and resided for a time in Manchester. He was named heir apparent by his father Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen, when the Crown Prince assumed the title of Emperor-in-Exile in April 1989.

Crown Prince Zera Yacob has been regarded as head of the Imperial Family of Ethiopia since the death of his father on 17 February 1997. He is currently living in Houston.


  • Executive Director of the Ethiopian Peace Foundation (EPF) since 2002.


Prince Zera Yacob is the sovereign of the Imperial Ethiopian Order of Saint Mary of Zion and bestows awards to individuals for their outstanding service of assistance to the people of Ethiopia.


National dynastic honours

Foreign orders

  • Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem - Grand Cross.png Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Lazarus (Orléans-French Royal Family)
  • St.AndrewOrder.png Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Imperial Order of St. Andrew (Russian Imperial Family)
  • Royal Order of the Drum (Rwanda) - ribbon bar.gif Knight Grand Collar of the Royal Order of the Drum (Rwandan Royal Family)


Patrilineal descent

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