Two months after he was born in Palestine in 1948, his mother - fearing her husband had been killed - fled to Damascus. Becoming a real estate developer, he's built a $100 million fortune developing Ritz Carlton hotels and enormous mansions.
It's through this connection that she got to know Kendall Jenner, as David is the former step-father of her brother Brody Jenner.Gigi attended Malibu High School - where Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn and Chad Lowe are alumni - where she was the star of the volleyball team, before moving to New York in 2013 to pursue modelling.In short, she's pretty well connected in Hollywood.While she was born into money, the story of her father's past is more dramatic.When Zayn Malik was spotted with up and coming model Gigi Hadid this weekend, it wasn't too much of a surprise.The One Direction hunk was inevitably going to move on from ex-Perrie Edwards eventually and why not with the leggy blonde supermodel?
But Gigi isn't just another face from a billboard or on the runway.
The 20-year-old model has been carving out her own career over the last few years and while she might not be as famous as Zayn just yet, she's well on her way to becoming a superstar.
Here we take a look at her huge rise to fame: Born and raised in Los Angeles to model mum Yolanda Foster and real-estate mogul Mohamed Hadid, Gigi - real name Jelena - grew up rubbing shoulders with celebrities and living in million dollar homes.
Sharing her privileged lifestyle with younger sister Bella, who is also a model and brother Anwar, it was a pretty charmed life.
Her parents split in 2003, with Yolanda marrying singer, songwriter David Foster in 2011.
Merging the two Hollywood families, she now calls actresses Erin and Sara Foster - who starred on the revamped 90210 series as Jen Clark - her step-sisters.