Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, 18, is now a millionaire thanks to strong sales of her memoir and her appearances on the global speaker circuit. In 2012, Yousafzai was shot thrice in the head by a Taliban gunman on a schoolbus in Pakistan’s Swat valley after being singled out for demanding education for girls in the terror stronghold.
She now lives in Britain, where she received medical treatment, and published her memoir, “I Am Malala,” in 2013. The book sold 287,170 copies in Britain with a total value of about 2.2 million pounds ($3 million) and over 1.8 million copies worldwide, Thompson Reuters Foundation quoted a spokesman from Nielsen Book Research as saying.
The teenager is the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize and is in constant demand globally, charging $152,000 per speech, compared with South African social rights activist and former Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu’s reported $85,000, according to U.S.-based Institute for Policy Studies, Reuters reported.
“Since the publication of Malala’s book, Malala and her family have donated more than $1 million to charities, mostly for education-focused projects across the world, including Pakistan,” Yousafzai’s family said in a statement emailed to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.