Ali Khamenei's father was from the Iranian Turkish-speaking minority known as Azeri. His mother was an ethnic Persian speaker from Yazd.
Ali Khamenei was born on April 19, 1939, in Mashhad, Iran. He is the second of eight children of Seyyed Javad Khamenei and Khadijeh Mirdamadi. Khamenei's ancestor was Seyed Hossein Tafrechi, whose lineage is said to date back to the fourth Shia Imam Ali Zeyn-ol-Abedin.