Amal Ramzi Alamuddin is born in Beirut, Lebanon, Her mother Baria, is the foreign editor of Arab newspaper, al-Hayat. In her youth she was a newsreader on Lebanese television. Her father, Ramzi, is a retired professor of business studies at the American University of Beirut. According the the Daily Mail, Ramzi married outside the Druze faith. He met Baria in a nightclub in Beirut.
Her grandfather was a government minister. Her grandmother is said to be the first woman graduate of the American University in Beirut. She has three younger siblings; a sister, Tala, and two brothers Samer and Ziad. Her cousin is Rima Alamuddin, a poet who was tragically shot dead, aged only 22, by a disgruntled boyfriend while on holiday in Lebanon from her studies at Cambridge University.