Desmond Tutu : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Grandchildren and Biography

Desmond Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop know all about his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Grandchildren and Biography

Desmond Tutu Biography

Desmond Tutu Biography
Desmond Tutu
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Name Desmond Tutu
Birthdate   7 October 1931
Died 26 December 2021 
Place of Birth Klerksdorp, South Africa
Nationality South African 
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Nomalizo Leah Tutu (m. 1955)
Children Mpho Andrea Tutu, Naomi Nontombi Tutu, Trevor Thamsanqa Tutu, Theresa Thandeka Tutu
Grandchildren Onalenna Burris, Nyaniso Burris, Ziyanda Palesa Tutu
Parents Name not known
Net Worth  $10 Million
Profession South African priest
Last Update December 2021

Desmond Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who served as the first black Archbishop of Cape Town. A leading spokesperson for the rights of black South Africans, he helped to draw international attention to the sorry state of apartheid in South Africa.He became active in the anti-apartheid movement and soon emerged as outspoken advocate of black rights. He soon garnered international fame for his works and was honored with the 1984 Nobel Prize for Peace.

Early Life and Family

Desmond Mpilo Tutu was born of mixed Xhosa and Motswana heritage to a poor family in Klerksdorp, South Africa.As well as English, Tutu could speak Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, and Xhosa.Tutu was often praised for his public speaking abilities; Du Boulay noted that his "star quality enables him to hold an audience spellbound".Tutu has had a lifelong love of literature and reading, and was a fan of cricket.

To relax, he enjoyed listening to classical music and reading books on politics or religion.His favourite foods included samosas, marshmallows, fat cakes, and Yogi Sip. When hosts asked what his culinary tastes were, his wife responded: "think of a five year old".Tutu awoke at 4 am each morning, before engaging in an early morning walk, prayers, and the Eucharist.On Fridays, he fasted until supper.

Desmond Tutu Wife, Was Desmond Tutu Married

Desmond Tutu Wife, Was Desmond Tutu Married

On 2 July 1955, Tutu married Nomalizo Leah Shenxane, a teacher whom he had met while at college. They had four children: Trevor Thamsanqa, Theresa Thandeka, Naomi Nontombi and Mpho Andrea, all of whom attended the Waterford Kamhlaba School in Swaziland.Du Boulay referred to him as "a loving and concerned father",while Allen described him as a "loving but strict father" to his children.

Desmond Tutu Net Worth

Desmond Tutu has a Net Worth of $10 Million as per IdolNetWorth.com.He was  South African social rights activist well-known for his opposition to Apartheid. He later became the first black Archbishop of Cape Town. He has also worked to end AIDS, poverty, racism, and homophobia throughout the world.

Professional Career

As Dean of St. Mary's Cathedral, Desmond Tutu became a notable advocate for black rights. He understood he had been given a platform that had never been granted to a black person before, and he vowed to use it to fight against the injustices that were being meted out to black people in his country. In 1976, he was named Bishop of Lesotho, and two years later, in 1978, he was named General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. He became more involved in the anti-apartheid movement as he ascended through the South African church hierarchy.

He was a passionate anti-apartheid activist who wrote extensively. He frequently linked apartheid to Nazism, provoking the government's wrath, which twice cancelled his passport. In 1980, he was arrested and imprisoned after being particularly involved in protest marches. Despite his strong opposition to apartheid, he pushed for nonviolent protest.

To combat the increasing anti-apartheid movement, a new constitution for South Africa was proposed in 1983. Tutu was a key figure in the founding of the National Forum Committee, which was formed to oppose the constitutional revisions.

In 1984, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role as an outspoken leader in the anti-apartheid campaign and his growing worldwide renown. Following this, international support for South Africa's anti-apartheid campaign grew, and Tutu was elevated to the role of a world leader.
Tutu was appointed Bishop of Johannesburg in 1985 and Archbishop of Cape Town the following year, making him the first black person to hold the highest post in the Anglican Church of South Africa.

In 1987, he was elected president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, a position he held until 1997.Apartheid in South Africa came to an end in 1993, thanks in large part to Tutu's tireless activism and capable leadership. In 1994, the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela, was elected, and Tutu was granted the distinction of introducing him to the people.

Major Works

President Nelson Mandela chose him to lead the Truth and Reconciliation Commission when apartheid ended. In 1996, he stepped down as Archbishop of Cape Town.He worked as a global activist on issues of democracy, freedom, and human rights after retiring.Desmond Tutu was instrumental in bringing South Africa's apartheid era to an end. He utilised his position as Bishop of Lesotho and then as General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches to draw international attention to the country's apartheid status. His courageous leadership and continuous nonviolent efforts were instrumental in the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Awards & Achievements

Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his "role as a unifying leading figure in the movement to end South Africa's apartheid."The Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award was bestowed upon him in 1992.In 1996, he received the Archbishop of Canterbury's Award for Outstanding Service to the Anglican Communion for the first time.

In 2008, he was awarded the Wallenberg Medal by the University of Michigan for his lifetime of effort in the promotion of human rights and dignity. He was also awarded the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding in the same year.Desmond Tutu has advocated for a number of causes, including HIV/AIDS, TB, poverty, racism, sexism, Chelsea Manning's incarceration, homophobia, and transphobia.

Facts about Desmond Tutu

  • He donated some of his own cells to the ongoing effort to research the diversity of the human genome.
  • Tutu joined the project "Soldiers of Peace", a movie against all wars and for a global peace in 2009.
  • He supports assisted dying and believes that life shouldn't be preserved "at any cost".
  • He is a well-known author of seven collections of sermons and other writings.
  • Nick Butterworth, The British children author, dedicated his book ‘The Whisperer’ to Tutu.
  • Miles Davis' 1986 album ‘Tutu’ is dedicated to Desmond Tutu.