|The Aga Khan, or Shah Karim
al-Hussayni, His Highness The Aga Khan IV, was born on December 13th
1936, and has become one of the most prolific racehorse owner and
breeder in the world. One of the Aga Khan's main sources of income is
his horseracing interests.
The Aga Kahn owns and operates the biggest horse racing and breeding
operation in France. It is located in the Picardie region of the country
at his vast and sprawling Aiglemont estate, which is barely four
kilometers from Chantilly Racecourse.
He is passionate about horse racing and his investments in the sport
have been large and highly publicized. In 1977 for instance, the Aga
Kahn paid 1.3 million pounds for the bloodstock owned by Anna Dupre. A
year later he paid 4.7 million pounds for the late Marcel Boussac's
Since then his horse racing interests have grown dramatically and he now
also owns Gilltown Stud near Kilcullen in Ireland as well as Haras de
Bonneval breeding farm at Le Mesnil-Mauger in France. In 2005 he
acquired the Calvados stud farms, the Haras d'Ouilly in Pont-d'Ouilly as
well as the Haras de Val-Henry in Livarot.
|In 2006 the Aga Khan
became the majority shareholder of the well known and highly respected
French horse auction house, Arqana.
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