Rama IX of Thailand
|King of Thailand|
|Reign||9 June 1946 – present|
|Coronation||6 May 1950|
|Born||5 December 1927|
|Birthplace||Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States|
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
|Royal House||Chakri Dynasty|
Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thai: ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช; IPA: [pʰuːmipʰon adunjadeːt]; Royal Institute: Phummiphon Adunyadet; listen (info • help)) (born 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.
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.
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|King of Thailand
1946 – present