Zeinab Badawi - Updated Jun 2024

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Zeinab Badawi

Zeinab Badawi is a Sudan-born British Television and Radio journalist. Zeinab Badawi is one of the regular presenters of the BBC interview program, HARDtalk.

Early Life

Zeinab Badawi was born on November 24, 1959 in Omdurman, Sudan. She is 63 years old and her zodiac sign is Sagittarius. She was born into an African family.

She was born to her father Mohammed-Khair El-Badawi. However, the BBC host has not revealed her mother’s name in the media yet. Her father Mohammed-Khair El-Badawi worked as an editor in Sudan.

Her father’s profession made her realize the power of media in this modern era and she decided to pursue a career in journalism.

So, she left her homeland at the age of two when her family moved to Great Britain. We will let you know about her family background and details after she reveals them. From a religious point of view, she is a Christian.


Moving into her educational background, She received her early education from the ‘Hornsey High School for Girls’ in North London and took ‘A’ levels in Russian, Latin, and History.

Later, she joined St Hilda’s College of Oxford University, where she studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

While at college, she also got a membership in the Oxford University Broadcasting Society. From there, she completed her course in Politics and Anthropology of the Middle East

In 1989, he moved to London to pursue a full-time year MA at ‘The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)’, the University of London.

Zeinab Badawi – Net Worth 2023

Additionally, she has earned a handful sum of money from her career. Badawi earns an annual salary of over $120,000 from her journalism career.

As of now, she has an estimated net worth of around $6 million.

Relationship Status

Moving into the relationship status, Zeinab Badawi is a divorcee and her sexual orientation is straight.

Previously, she was married however, her ex-husband is unavailable at the moment. From her past relationship, she has four children, two sons, and two daughters.

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Caption: Zeinab Badawi with her daughter(source: Facebook)

Body Measurements

Talking about body measurement, Zeinab stands tall at a height of around 5 feet and 9 inches. She weighs an average weight of around 60kg.

Likewise, Badawi has black eyes and black hair.

Professional Life

Zeinab Badawi began her career as a researcher and broadcast journalist for Yorkshire TV after graduating from Oxford. She worked from 1982 until 1986 for Yorkshire.

She then worked for ‘BBC Manchester News’ for a short time before joining ‘Channel 4 News’ in 1988. Likewise, she served as a co-presenter on Channel 4 News with Jon Snow from 1989 until 1998.

After that, she moved on to the BBC. For the following five years, she worked at BBC News as a presenter and correspondent for live political shows from Westminster.

She then worked on BBC radio as a frequent broadcaster of ‘The World Tonight’ on Radio 4 and ‘Newshour’ on the BBC World Service.

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Caption: Zeinab Badawi in studio(source: Instagram)

She was named the presenter of ‘The World’ on BBC Four in 2005. The World is the UK’s first daily news bulletin devoted only to foreign news.

Later, in 2007, the show was renamed ‘World News Today.’ She was also a regular broadcaster on the BBC interview show ‘HARDtalk.’

Badawi has conducted live political broadcasts for the BBC, interviewing Members of Parliament and reporting live from political party conventions in the UK.

She had an exclusive interview with Sudan’s President, Omar Al-Bashir, in May 2009.

She has been a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and the British Council since 2004.

She has also served as an adviser to the Foreign Policy Centre as a member of the Overseas Development Institute’s Council.

She is also the creator and chairman of the Africa Medical Partnership Fund (AfriMed), a foundation dedicated to assisting African medical professionals.


She was honored with the title of ‘International TV Personality of the Year’ in the Annual Media Awards in 2009.

Zeinab Badawi – Social Media

Moving into social media availability, Zeinab Badawi is pretty much active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

She has more than 5.4k followers on her Instagram account, 38k followers on her Twitter account, and 11 followers on her Facebook account.