Zera Yacob Amha Selassie

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Zera Yacob Amha Selassie
Head of the Imperial House of Ethiopia
Time 17 February 1997 – Present
Predecessor Amha Selassie
Heir-Presumptive Prince Wossen Seged, Duke of Harar
Born (1951-08-17) 17 August 1951 (age 66)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Spouse Nunu Getaneh (divorced)
Issue Princess Lideta
Dynasty Solomonic dynasty
Father Amha Selassie
Mother Medferiashwork Abebe
Religion Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo

Zera Yacob Amha Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia (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 daughter, Princess Lideta Zera Yacob, but was subsequently divorced from his wife, he briefly accompanied his father Amha Selassie when he moved to Virginia in the US in 1989, 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 Addis Abeba.


  • 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.


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Zera Yacob Amha Selassie
Born: 17 August 1953
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Amha Selassie
Emperor of Ethiopia
17 February 1997 – Present
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1975
Prince Paul Wossen, Duke of Harar