Marriage of Ashraf Pahlavi and Mehdi Bushehri

However, in later years she was said to have accumulated a large fortune. She attributed her wealth to increases in the value of lands that she had inherited from her father Reza Shah, and income from inherited businesses. Nevertheless, it has been purported that part of the story behind the build up of her fortune may have been that during the Iranian industrial boom, which was driven by a surge in oil prices, Pahlavi and her son Shahram took 10% or more of a new company’s stock gratis in return for ensuring the delivery of a license to operate, to import, to export, or to deal with the government.