Get to Know Hasan Minhaj Wife -- Beena Patel Minhaj

Unknown to most people, Beena works in the healthcare industry!

By Madiha A.
Get to Know Hasan Minhaj Wife -- Beena Patel Minhaj

Who is Beena Patel Minhaj?

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5 feet 3 inches tall, black-haired and brown-eyed gorgeous lady Beena Patel Minhaj, previously Beena Patel was born in the United States. She hails from a Hindu family. Besides her own identity which will be discussed in detail in the succeeding sections, she is the wife of famous standup comedian Hasan Minhaj that’s why the name Beena Patel Minhaj. No one knows her exact age as she has never publically posted her date of birth on any of her profiles. However, since she is Hasan’s college sweetheart; we can guess she must be around Hasan’s age which is 33.  

What Does She Do For A Living?    

Beena Patel Minhaj completed high school in 2003. In 2007, she did her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis with neurobiology, psychology, and physiology as majors. She completed her Master’s from the same university in the Public Health domain. Beena didn’t stop there; she got her Doctoral degree in 2013 from the University of California, Los Angeles to further her career in the field of healthcare. Because of her academic achievements, she received the Ruth Romero award. 

She has worked for non-profit organizations and reputable healthcare institutions in various capacities. Her bio at CEP America (currently known as Vituity) says: 

“Her dissertation on the implementation of the West Los Angeles HPACT has been recognized nationally and replicated as a best practice across the country. She continues to be an active researcher, and her work is dedicated to the heroes of our nation who find themselves homeless in an effort to give them a voice.”    

She has been working for MedAmerica as a management consultant. She has worked with homeless patients in Los Angeles. In short, her education and career progress has remained extraordinary with various achievements and work experiences to make her resume stand out.

How Did She And Hasan Meet?  

Hasan and Beena met at the University of California Davis where they both were studying. It was a soul mate connection as they both felt it. They dated for a couple of years to get acquainted and pursued each other’s interests. On his Instagram account, Hasan shared a heart-shaped picture collage of the duo from his college days with the caption: "Story Time: So I was in the basement and I found this box of love letters I used to write Beena. For those of you who don’t remember, letters are text messages that people would write on paper. Wild, I know." 

During one of his shows organized at his alma mater in 2016, he replied to a question about how he felt when he saw Beena for the first time saying: "I met the love of my life there. It's wild. When you're living your life, you don't realize that history is happening in real-time. So when I first saw her as a freshman, I was just living on the quiet floor in the Thoreau dorms. She was just a girl I had a crush on. I didn't know she'd be my wife." Hasan and Beena's fairytale turned into a happily ever after as they got married in 2015. 

When Did They Get Married? Did They Have An Arranged Marriage?

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Hasan Minhaj announced the marriage on January 6, 2015, through his Instagram account with a beautiful picture of the couple captioned “Finally”.  The marriage was an intimate one as there aren’t any wedding pictures on social media except for the ones shared by Hasan himself. The marriage was love-arranged as they exchanged their vows in front of their family and friends. To let his parents know that he and Beena didn’t move in together until they got married, Hasan said while talking to the New York Times:

“Beena and I didn’t move in together until we got married. We kept it very traditional – Mom, Dad, if you’re reading this – so I had to evolve very quickly. I went from ‘Scarface’ photos to family photos. I’d never had thrown pillows in my life, but I’ve become accustomed to them. And I will say that scented candles are really nice.”  

They followed traditional Indian customs at the wedding and made it colorful and full of excitement. Although the wedding was kept personal Hasan says it was a big wedding that he organized for his beloved wife and white friends.

How Did Their Religions Affect Their Marriage?    

When you are getting married, one of the things that are given importance is religion. Most people prefer to marry within the same religion to avoid complications. Beena and Hasan coming from two different religious backgrounds knew that they will face difficulties from both the families. Hasan is Muslim while Beena is Hindu and Muslim law prohibits Muslims from marrying in other religions. The best possible solution is to convert and then marry a Muslim person. It is said that love is blind and it does not see religion, caste, class, and color and the same happened in Beena and Hasan’s case.

Religion didn’t come in the way and their love flourished over time. Their love prevailed and they both convinced their parents for the marriage. Since they come from different faiths, it was difficult to decide upon the theme of the wedding. With mutual understanding, they had a traditional Indian wedding and followed Indian customs. They have been together ever since without any controversies. 

What Is Their Family Up To Now?

Hasan Minhaj and his wife Beena Patel Minhaj not only come from different religious backgrounds but their careers and professions are also different altogether. Where Hasan is a famous standup comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, and TV host, his wife Beena works in the health care industry. The clash of careers and religion can become a major issue in relationships but Hasan and Beena are living a happy life along with their two kids. 

Hasan is a prominent figure and stays in the limelight, his wife Beena likes to keep her life private. We get to see Beena through her husband’s Instagram account as her own profile is a private one. Since his marriage in 2015, Hasan worked as the host of the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner in 2016. He was a featured speaker at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2017. In October 2015, Hasan Minhaj’s one-man show, Homecoming King debuted Off-Broadway. The show has gained massive popularity and was premiered on Netflix on 23rd May 2017 as Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King. In March 2018, a brand new show by the name Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj was announced by Netflix which premiered on October 28, 2018. The show explores modern political, cultural, and economic domains. Hasan Minhaj was listed among TIME's 100 most influential people in the world in April 2019. He won the Peabody award for his show Patriot Act. His recent Patriot Act episodes titled Patriot Act: Hasan from a distance featured his daily routine during lockdown combined with his witty sense of humor are worth watching.      

Beena on the other hand has kept her privacy during all these years. She has been working as a Management Consultant with MedAmerica. They both have been seen together at various events; 2017 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, US Open Tennis Championship 2019, CFDA Fashion Awards, 2019 Times 100 Gala, 78th Annual Peabody Awards, NBC's "70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 68th NBA All-Star Game, NRDC Night of Comedy event on April 30, 2019, in New York City, New York City Ballet 2019 Spring Gala, and NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019, in Santa Monica, California. 

Hasan’s most recent post on his Instagram account featuring both him and his beautiful wife Beena is a depiction of their true love. In the post he has praised his wife’s dedication and efforts in these words: 
“Proud Husband Post (PHP):

Look, a lotta real estate on the timeline is devoted to stuff that I’m working on. But I just want to take a moment to plug something Beena has been working on for years b/c I’m so proud of her. Some of y’all hit me up in the comments like, “Tell me more about Beena. What is she like? What is she into? What are the last 4 digits of her social security number?” All in due time friends. 

For years she’s been working tirelessly in public health. With homeless vets, underserved communities, and now she’s launching the culmination of her efforts with @vituitycaresfoundation — a nonprofit to help close the gap in health care equality and equity. A pretty noble cause in 2020 - healthcare for everyone.
This Tuesday (December 15th)
is their 1st annual virtual gala. I’ll be performing with my boys @roywoodjr and @ronnychieng. And it’s completely free. All you have to do is register.
Okay, a sentimental post is done. See you at the show. Pls, continue scrolling”. 
Beena has remained behind the camera in Hasan’s Patriot Act episodes Hasan from a distance. They both are busy with their own professions and have different timelines but are raising a happy family like any normal couple.

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Summary

She may be unknown to most people but this gorgeous lady Beena Patel Minhaj rules Hasan Minhaj’s heart. She has often been described as Queen in most of Hasan’s post which she surely is. She has stayed by Hasan’s side in the ups and downs of life. Their public appearances together are all smiles and in a pleasant mood.     

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