Where Is Muhammad Ali’s Wife, Lonnie Ali, Now?

Published 01/01/2023, 9:30 AM EST

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Every fan would be interested in knowing about the personal lives of their favorite sports personalities. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is one of the most famous athletes to have ever lived. However, only a few people know that Ali married four times, and here we are talking about his fourth wife, Lonnie Ali. Lonnie Ali played a crucial role in Ali’s life, yet she is least discussed in the majority of the texts revolving around Ali. Unlike his previous wives, Lonnie was a childhood friend of Ali. She was also his business partner and his treasurer. There are lots of stories about Lonnie Ali, which are still unknown.

Who is Lonnie Ali?

Yolanda ‘Lonnie’ Williams or more commonly known as Lonnie Ali, was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville USA. She was always an ambitious, optimistic, and charming girl. She went on to pursue an MBA degree from UCLA business school. She was Ali’s fourth wife and worked as a counsellor and explored different types of jobs.


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How did Muhammad Ali meet Lonnie Ali?

Lonnie Ali and Muhammad Ali’s meeting was very unique. Yolanda came to Louisville with her family when she was only 6 years old and became Ali’s neighbor because Ali lived in Louisville at that time. Ali was 21 at that time and Lonnie was 6. As neighbors, a very good relationship was budding between the two families. Lonnie’s mother became a very good friend of Ali’s mother. Ali financially helped young Yolanda to complete her MBA education At UCLA. It also helped the duo to come close.


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Despite this closeness, Ali did not marry her until he divorced his third wife, Veronica Porche Ali, Who is also the mother of famous female boxer Laila Ali. But somehow, god had some other plan, and after a long time on November 19, 1986, they tied the knot. Before Yolanda was a catholic Christian, but after marriage, she preferred to change her religion to Islam and also her name. But within a few days of their marriage, Ali got diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and they moved to LA, where she lived with him until his death. The couple adopted a 5-month-old child named Asaad Amin. Amin grew up to become a baseball player and coach.


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What is Lonnie Ali doing today?

Before marrying Muhammad Ali, Lonnie Ali used to be a counsellor. Following her marriage to Ali, she kept herself occupied in taking care of Ali until his final days. Following Ali’s death, she acquired all of Ali’s intellectual properties. She licensed some and sold some, and funded charities. As per reports, she has a net worth of $12 Million.


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Although she has been the most impactful and caring, to the Great Ali, she was not in the limelight. It made a lot of vague and misinformation about her life. Not only a great wife, but she is also a good human being. Lonnie Ali is now 80 years old and continues to live in Arizona as a widow.

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Written by:

Soumyajit Karmakar


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Soumyajit is a boxing writer at EssentiallySports, an avid fan of combat sports. He completed his graduation in Biology and developed an interest in writing from the initial days. A tech enthusiast with interest in sports, music, finance, crypto, and stocks.
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Shibu Immanuel