She attended Buxton School, a small boarding school in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and the International School of Geneva. In 1973, she graduated from Bennington College in the United States and was originally interested in opera singing.
She is the second child of American movie actress and dancer Rita Hayworth, and the third child of Prince Aly Khan, Pakistan"s representative to the United Nations from February 1958 until his death in 1960. Her half brothers are His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV and Prince Amyn Aga Khan. Influenced by the death of her mother, for whom she cared for many years, from Alzheimer"s disease, Yasmin Aga Khan serves on the Board of Directors, as Vice Chairman, Alzheimer"s and Related Disorders Association.
She also serves on numerous boards of the Aga Khan Foundation.
The 2009 documentary I Remember Better When I Paint features a stirring interview with Yasmin Aga Khan describing how her mother took up painting while struggling with Alzheimer"s and produced beautiful works of art
She is also the president of Alzheimer Disease International, a National Council Member of the Salk Institute, and a spokesperson for the Boston University School of Medicine, Board of Visitors.