Suleika Jaouad

Who is Suleika Jaouad?

Suleika Jaouad is a motivational speaker, advocate, and author from the United States. Among other outlets, she has written essays, reported stories, and commentary for The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The Vogue, and NPR. Suleika Jaouad is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of an Emmy Award.

Suleika Jaouad – Birth, Parents, Siblings & Education

Suleika Jaouad was born on July 5, 1988, in New York City’s Lower East Side to immigrant parents. Her mother is Swiss, while her father is from Tunisia, which is where her parents currently reside.

In one of her interviews, she stated that her family used to rent out their house at the end of each school year and use the proceeds to travel for the summer.

They traveled to nations ranging from Nicaragua to Mexico. She stated in one of her interviews that she felt the excursions terribly uncomfortable because most of the other youngsters were vacationing at Disney World.

But she now believes that her unusual upbringing played a significant role in her life and that she would not trade it for anything else.

Suleika studied double bass at The Juilliard School’s pre-college program before graduating with honors from Princeton University, where she majored in Near Eastern Studies and minored in Gender Studies and French.

Jaouad worked on human rights campaigns for the Centre for Constitutional Rights, Oxfam, and the African Union while at Princeton. She also earned an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College and studied abroad in Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, researching and writing on women’s issues.

Net Worth of Suleika Jaouad? Salary, Earning

Suleika may have amassed a large wealth through her work, which has now stretched over other areas. However, she has not publicly disclosed her actual salary, yearly income, or net worth in the media.

Speaking of her long-term lover, who is a musician by trade, he has amassed a net worth of $4 million over the course of his career.

Suleika Jaouad
Suleika Jaouad posing with her boyfriend. Source: Zimbio

Facts of Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad Biography

Real Name Suleika Jaouad
Birth Date 5 July 1988
Age (as of 2021) 32 Years
Birth Place  New York, New York, United States
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Cancer

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7” – in Centimeters – 170 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 62 kg  –  in Pounds –  136 lbs
Body Measurements 34-26-36
Bra Size 32C
Waist Size 26
Hips Size 36
Shoe Size 7.5 (U.S.)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Hazel
Body Type Slim


Father Not Known
Mother Not Known
Sister Not Known
Brother Not Known


School Juilliard School
College Princeton University

Relationship Status

Marital Status In Relation
Affair Yes
Is she a Lesbian? No
Boyfriend? Jon Batiste

Suleika Jaouad- Relationship, Married Life, Boyfriend/ Girlfriend

Jaouad lives in New Jersey with her long-term boyfriend/partner, Jon Batiste. When she was 13, she met him at band camp.

He is a well-known jazz musician. She has been in a long-term relationship with Jon for over ten years. She remains semi-isolated due to her immunocompromised state, associating exclusively with a tiny “quaranpod” of friends.

Jaouad spent five years of her life in the hospital after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, while also documenting her treatment for the New York Times.

She embarked on a 100-day, 15,000-mile road journey across the country with her new best buddy Oscar after she recovered (a scruffy terrier mutt dog). She traveled a long distance to meet some of the strangers who had written to her during her time in the hospital.

Body Measurement- Height, Weight, Hair Colour

Suleika Jaouad stands at the Height in feet and inches 5′ 7″ and in centimeters 170 cm. Her weight in kilograms is 62 kg and in pounds is 136 lbs.

Her Body Dimensions include 34-26-36,  with 32C bra size, Waist size: 26 Hip sizes: 36. She wears Shoe size: 7.5 (U.S.) and has Hair color: brown and hazel eyes. She has a Slim Body Type.

Suleika Jaouad- Professional Career

Suleika traveled to Paris after graduating from Princeton, where she worked as a paralegal and aspired to be a writer covering worldwide issues. But Life had other plans for her, and at the age of 22, she was afflicted with a rare form of leukemia.

She began writing the acclaimed New York Times column and video series “Life, Interrupted” while in the hospital and has since become a vocal advocate for those dealing with illness and other forms of misfortune.

She was given a one-in-three chance of life, but she is now cancer-free after nearly four years of chemotherapy, a clinical trial, and a bone marrow transplant.

Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of Life Interrupted chronicles her incredible narrative of pain, aspiration, deprivation, perseverance, and a search for community and meaning. It’s for pals who “crossed the river too soon.”

Suleika also served on Barack Obama’s Presidential Cancer Panel, the Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation’s national advisory board, and the Arts & Letters Committee of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Her extraordinary abilities in public speaking, reporting and campaigning have taken her from the United Nations and Capitol Hill to a maximum-security jail and a tiny Montana two-room schoolhouse.

Other Works & Awards

She received the Red Door Advocacy and Community Service Award. She is a well-known speaker at many high schools, universities, hospitals, corporations, fund-raising events, and professional gatherings. Suleika teaches writing and wellness seminars all over the world.

She was a lecturer in Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Program. She’s appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, NBC’s Weekend Today, CBS News, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Times, and Darling Magazine, among other places.

Suleika has established and founded The Isolation Journals, a “community creative” endeavor to assist others in converting isolation into artistic solitude during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She sends out weekly writing prompts to about 100,000 people through this channel. She is also working on The Reckoning, a podcast about “moments of enormous reckoning, good and horrible.”

Suleika Jaouad- Social Media Status

Jaouad is highly active on social media and keeps her followers up to date on many platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. She has verified social media accounts, with 47.1k followers on Instagram and 18k followers on Twitter.

She also has her own website,, on which she presents herself as a “New York Times bestselling author, Emmy Award-winning journalist, Creator of the Isolation Journals, and TED Speaker.”

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Quick Facts of Suleika Jaouad

  • Suleika Jaouad is an American motivational speaker, advocate, and writer.
  • But Life had something else for her and she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at the age of 22.
  • She was given only about a one-in-three chance of survival and after nearly four years of chemotherapy, a clinical trial, and a bone marrow transplant, she is now cancer-free.
  • When Jaouad was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, she spent five years of her life at the hospital along with documenting her treatment for the New York Times.
  • She has not officially revealed her exact figure of salary, yearly income, and net worth in the media.