Gelila Assefa is an Ethiopian fashion designer and philanthropist, who is known as the founder of the Dream For Future Africa Foundation, which is dedicated to providing opportunity and equity for those most in need in Africa. However, Gelila is probably best known to the world as the wife of the famous Austrian-American chef Wolfgang Puck.
Early Life and Bio: Gelila Assefa
Gelila was born in Addis Ababa in the early 1980s, and where she was raised and went to school. There is little information about Gelila’s childhood, except that her father was a businessman, and her mother a stewardess on Ethiopian Airlines – apparently chosen by Heile Selassie for her looks and communicative abilities.
Physical Appearance: Gelila Assefa
Gelila Assefa is a gorgeous and charming looking lady. She has stunning looks even in her late 50s. Her exact body features are not known as she has not disclosed information regarding her height, weight and other body features. She has black eyes and blonde hair colour.
Career: Gelila Assefa
There isn’t much information about Gelila’s career; she has her own handbag line and has also launched a couture gowns line. This has increased her wealth to the point where in recent years, she has become more focused on philanthropy. She has founded Dream For Future Africa Foundation, and she also serves on the board of the Ethiopian Children’s Fund.
To speak further of her accomplishments, Gelila has been honored for her philanthropic work by Essence Magazine, BMW, and VERTU, and also received the 2009 Champion of Children Award from the Children’s Institute of Los Angeles, where she serves on the Board of Trustees.
Married Life: Gelila Assefa
Gelila and Wolfgang subsequently tied the knot on the 7th July 2007 on a hillside above the Grand Hotel Quisisana in Capri, Italy – the bride wore a J. Mendel gown and custom-designed Christian Louboutin shoes. Since the marriage, Gelila has become a step-mother to Wolfgang’s children from his previous marriage, while the two also welcomed children of their own, sons Oliver and Alexander Puck.
Relationship with Wolfgang Puck
Gelila and Wolfgang met back in the late ‘90s when Gelila was studying fashion at Trade-Tech College, and following his divorce with his first wife, Barbara Lazaroff, with whom he was married from 1983 until 2003. Gradually their relationship grew, and after two years, Wolfgang proposed to Gelila, and the couple became engaged.
Assefa has become more focused on philanthropy than her career in the recent years, despite having an extremely successful clothing line. Nevertheless, she has earned good amount of money. Sources estimate that her net worth is over $5 million, however, we can tell you that Wolfgang Puck’s net worth is as high as $75 million.
One of the reasons why there is very limited information about her is due to the lack of any strong online presence. She does not have any accounts on any of the major social media websites, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She likes to keep her privacy and mainly supports her husband from the background.