Bhumibol Adulyadej

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Bhumibol Adulyadej
Rama IX of Thailand
King of Thailand
Reign 9 June 1946 – present
Coronation 6 May 1950
Born 5 December 1927 (1927-12-05) (age 86)
Birthplace Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Predecessor Ananda Mahidol
Heir-Apparent Maha Vajiralongkorn
Consort Sirikit
Children Ubol Ratana
Maha Vajiralongkorn
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Chulabhorn Walailak
Father Mahidol Adulyadej
Mother Srinagarindra

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thai: ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช; IPA: [pʰuːmipʰon adunjadeːt]; Royal Institute: Phummiphon Adunyadet; Loudspeaker.png listen (info • help)) (born Monday, December 5, 1927), is the current King of Thailand. Most people in Thailand know him as "the Great" (Thai: มหาราช, Maharaja). He is also known as Rama IX. Having been the king since June 9, 1946, he is the world's longest-serving current head of state and the longest-serving monarch in Thai history.[1]

A billionaire, Bhumibol has used some of his money to pay for over 3,000 development projects, mostly in rural areas. He is very popular in Thailand, and is like a semi-divine figure for a number of Thais.[2][3][4]

Bhumibol was born in the United States and was taught in Switzerland. Bhumibol is also a good musician, artist, and sailor.

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Preceded by
Ananda Mahidol
King of Thailand
1946 – present
Designated heir:
Maha Vajiralongkorn