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Yusuf Amir
Yusuf Amir with a scale model of Algonquin, in a pre-release screenshot of The Ballad of Gay Tony.
Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto IV (Mentioned)
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Full name: Yusuf Amir


Place of birth: Dubai, UAE
Home: Liberty City
Nationality: Emirati
Family: Abdul Amir (Father)
Affiliations: Luis Fernando Lopez
Anthony Prince
Tahir Saeed
Leslie Mitchell
Vehicle(s): Super Drop Diamond
Businesses: Real estate
Voiced by: Omid Djalili

Yusuf Amir is a character mentioned in Grand Theft Auto IV and first appears in The Ballad of Gay Tony. He is voiced by British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili.



Yusuf Amir is an Arabic immigrant from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Yusuf is a multi-billionaire property developer, his most notable achievement being the "hanging gardens of Amir" - an apartment complex suspended by balloons over the Persian Gulf.

Amir runs into some problems in Liberty City, as his business is being extorted by an unknown union-linked sect of mafiosi. Yusuf's construction site in Castle Gardens for a "luxury condo tower" (which local groups criticized will "ruin the skyline of Castle Gardens"[1]) suffers union difficulties when he refuses to be blackmailed, but bystander Playboy X attempts to interfere to become a silent partner in Amir's business. Playboy X hires Niko Bellic to clear out the mobsters as a favour to Amir, but after the murders take place it is clear that Amir doesn't want anything to do with Playboy. He caves in to the extortion and offers to build a memorial on the site to union workers killed by on-the-job accident. He shuts down the site following the accident, however this is likely only for a few days as he is seen overseeing on going work.

Artwork of Yusuf for The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Later, Amir saw potential in franchising Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince's nigthclubs, Maisonette 9 and Hercules, which was completely ignored by Tony. He later gave Luis a call, saying he should drop by his house sometime. He tasks Luis with some over-the-top tasks including stealing a train car so it can be shipped overseas to feature in a Liberty City-themed Hotel and Casino that he is planning on building. His goal is to find a way to please Abdul Amir, his father. Even if that means stealing him a rare helicopter, building the tallest skyscraper in Liberty City, or stealing a tank.

At last, when Luis was going after Ray Bulgarin, Yusuf called Luis, though Luis said that there was nothing he could do. Yusuf ignored him and flew to Luis in his gold Buzzard. He blew up all of Bulgarin's henchmen, allowing an easy and clear path for Luis to Bulgarin. After Bulgarin was killed, he met with Tony and Luis at the Monoglobe. He once again asked Tony to franchise his clubs, to which Tony responded that the club is for the people, which Yusuf mocked. Yusuf is extremely full of himself and very materialistic and fond of gold things including his Gold-plated helicopter, Gold-plated Uzi, Gold-plated cellphone and his unique gold-plated Super Drop Diamond convertible.


  • Leslie Mitchell, a Weazel News reporter, claims Yusuf Amir is a personal friend of his, and as a result, does not restraint himself in defending Yusuf's construction project in Castle Gardens, calling groups who are not in favor of Yusuf's project as "leftist loonies" who are arresting property development in the city.[1]
  • Yusuf enjoys using gangster lingo, including "nigga" to Luis' irritation. Despite Luis' request to stop using this particular term, Yusuf continues to use it in his vocabulary.
  • Near the beginning of The Ballad of Gay Tony, Amir gives Luis a shotgun with explosive shells, and later, his car with a Gold SMG in the glove compartment.
  • In his apartment, Amir has a collection of arcade machines. A big screen television in his apartment also shows the end credits of GTA IV.
  • Yusuf likes the song "Arab Money," and is seen in cutscenes playing the song and dancing to it.
  • Yusuf is fond of gold plated items. This includes his cell phone, an Uzi, a miniature model of Liberty City, his car, and his stolen Buzzard.
  • Yusuf owns a unique flame painted Lycan in his apartment.

Mission appearances

The Ballad of Gay Tony


  1. 1.0 1.1 "A-mir $5 Million for a Penthouse View of Hell" by Leslie Mitchell, Weazel News ( (In game website.)

External Link

  • Meet Yusuf Amir in GTA IV: TBOGT

This article uses material from the "Yusuf Amir" article on the GTA wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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