Emmy-winning columnist, Suleika Jaouad is well-known for being a writer, advocate, and motivational speaker. Likewise, she is popular as the wife of American singer, Jon Batiste. 

American writer, Suleika Jaouad
Caption: American writer, Suleika Jaouad (Photo: NYT)

Family of Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad was born and raised in Tunisian and Swiss family background. Her birth date is July 5, 1988, and birthplace is New York, New York City. Jaouad's father is of Tunisian descent and mother is of Swiss descent.

Childhood picture of Suleika Jaouad
Caption: Childhood picture of Suleika Jaouad (Photo: Instagram)

Therefore, Suleika is of mixed (Tunisian & Swiss) ethnicity, having American nationality. She joined The Juilliard School located at 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023. Jaouad completed her Bachelor's degree at Princeton University. Likewise, she has received her MFA from Bennington College and majored in writing and literature.

Suleika Jaouad's Career

Jaouad travels around the US teaching writing and wellness workshops after graduation. During her travel, Suleika speaks at high schools, universities, hospitals, corporations, fund-raisers, and professional events. Among other places, she has appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation, NBC's Weekend Today, CBS News, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Times, and Darling Magazine. While in her hospital room, she started writing a column for the New York Times Life, Interrupted. 

Picture of Suleika Jaouad showing the book
Caption: Picture of Suleika Jaouad showing the book (Photo: Instagram)

In addition to serving on Barack Obama's Presidential Cancer Panel, Suleika has served on the boards of Family Reach, the Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation, and the Arts & Letters Committee of the Brooklyn Public Library. Also, she has words published by Vogue, Glamour, NPR, and Women's Health aside from her column. At Columbia University, she was a lecturer in the Narrative Medicine Program and an Anacapa Scholar in Residence at the Thacher School.

Suleika Jaouad posing for the picture
Caption: Suleika Jaouad posing for the picture (Photo: Instagram)

Her TED Talk titled "What almost dying taught me about living" was released in June 2019. Jaouad published her first memoir "Life Interrupted" on 11th July 2014. On 18th August 2020, she released the memoir "Between Two Kingdoms" which is all about a woman's cancer journey from diagnosis through life cancer-free. Likewise, she has worked as a foreign correspondent. Suleika won News & Documentary Emmy Award for New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture for her memoir, Life Interrupted in the year 2014. 

Suleika Jaouad Illness

Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 22. In the year 2011, she was diagnosed with cancer. Then her doctors said she had only a 35% chance of surviving in the long run. Well, Suleika survived and wrote and spoke extensively about her medical experiences.

Suleika Jaouad posing for the picture while going treatment
Caption: Suleika Jaouad posing for the picture while going treatment (Photo: Instagram)

Jaouad began writing her New York Times column from the bone marrow transplant unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre. She becomes a fierce advocate for cancer patients and those dealing with other chronic illnesses at the Cancer Center. In November 2021, Jaouad was again diagnosed with leukemia. Also, she underwent bone marrow transplant surgery in February 2022 and still undergoing her treatment.

What's Suleika Jaouad Net Worth?

As per reports, Suleika Jaouad has earned an estimated net worth of $1 Million. Working as an author, advocate, and motivational speaker, she earns a substantial chunk of money. Her book and writing job is also the main source of revenue for her net worth. 

Suleika Jaouad sitting inside the car with the dog
Caption: Suleika Jaouad sitting inside the car with the dog (Photo: Instagram)

Suleika is living a humble lifestyle at present. On the other hand, her husband Jon Batiste has earned an estimated net worth of $4 million. As a result of his successful work as a musical director, he is able to earn a considerable amount of money. Also, he is able to live a fairly opulent lifestyle for himself.

When Did Suleika Jaouad Get Married? 

Suleika Jaouad secretly married her husband Jon Batiste in February of 2022 just after Suleika was diagnosed with leukemia for a second time. They actually tied the wedding knot in a private ceremony among their loved ones, friends & families. She told CBS Sunday Morning;

Suleika Jaouad with her husband Jon Batiste
Caption: Suleika Jaouad with her husband Jon Batiste (Photo: Instagram)

“We got married the day before I was admitted to the hospital to undergo my bone marrow transplant, “We have known that we wanted to get married, I think, from the first week that we started dating. That’s when Jon first brought up the topic of marriage to me. So, we’ve had eight years,” Jaouad joked. “This is not, you know, a hasty decision!”


Suleika Jaouad clicking selfie with her husband Jon Batiste
Caption: Suleika Jaouad clicking selfie with her husband Jon Batiste (Photo: Instagram) 

Suleika and her husband Joe were able to get their marriage license quickly and had a “tiny” and “perfect” wedding. Also, the couple “used bread ties” instead of formal wedding rings. The duo met as teenagers while at band camp when Suleika was 13 and Joe was 14 according to an Instagram photo shared on Suleika's profile. As per reports, the couple started dating in the year 2014. They are living a beatific married life together.

Who is Suleika Jaouad Husband?

Suleika Jaouad's husband Jon Batiste is an American singer, songwriter, musician, bandleader, and television personality, who was born on November 11, 1986. In a Catholic family, he was born in Metairie, Louisiana but grew up in Kenner, Louisiana. Batiste played percussion and drums with his family's band, the Batiste Brothers Band at the age of 8. 

Picture of Suleika Jaouad's husband Jon Batiste
Caption: Picture of Suleika Jaouad's husband Jon Batiste (Photo: Instagram)

Jon is the son of parents, Michael Batiste. He graduated in 2004 from St. Augustine High School and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Upon graduating from the Juilliard School in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music, he went on to obtain a Master of Music in 2011 with a concentration in jazz studies. As of 2022, he has garnered five Grammy Awards from 11 nominations, including an Album of the Year win for his album We Are.

What is the Height of Suleika Jaouad?

Suleika Jaouad has a height of 5 feet 4 inches or 1.62 m tall. While her body weighs around 63 kg or 138 pounds. Jaouad has a beautiful face and a charming smile. Suleika has dark brown eyes with dark brown hair.