Bhumibol Adulyadej

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Bhumibol Adulyadej
Rama IX of Thailand
King of Thailand
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Reign 9 June 1946 – 13 October 2016
Coronation 6 May 1950
Born December 5, 1927(1927-12-05)
Birthplace Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died October 13, 2016(2016-10-13) (aged 88)
Place of death Bangkok, Thailand
Predecessor Ananda Mahidol
Heir-Apparent Maha Vajiralongkorn
Successor Vajiralongkorn
Consort Sirikit
Children Ubol Ratana
Maha Vajiralongkorn
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Chulabhorn Walailak
Royal House Chakri Dynasty
Father Mahidol Adulyadej
Mother Srinagarindra

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thai: ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช; IPA: [pʰuːmipʰon adunjadeːt]; Transcription: Phummiphon Adunyadet; Loudspeaker.png listen (info • help)) (December 5, 1927 – October 13, 2016), was King of Thailand from 9 June 1946 until 13 October 2016. Most people in Thailand knew him as "the Great" (Thai: มหาราช, Maharaja). He was also known as Rama IX. He was one of the world's longest-serving heads of state. He was the longest-serving monarch in Thai history.[1]

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

Bhumibol was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. He was taught in Switzerland. Bhumibol was also a musician, artist, and sailor.

After a period of failing health and suffering from kidney failure, Bhumibol died on October 13, 2016 at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, aged 88.[5][6]

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Preceded by
Ananda Mahidol
King of Thailand
1946 – 2016
Designated heir: