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His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck

His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, former King of Bhutan. Named one of 100 Most Influential People, Time Magazine, 2006.

Background

  • Wangchuck, His Majesty Jigme Singye was born on November 11, 1955 in Thimphu, Bhutan. Son of Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and Queen Ashi Kesang.

  • Education

    • Student, North Point, Darjeeling. Student, Wangchuk Academy, Paro, Bhutan, 1972.

    Career

    • Crown prince, 1972; succeeded to throne, 1972. Coronated King of Bhutan, head of state, 1974. Abdicated throne to his son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 2006.

      Chairman Planning Commission Bhutan, since 1972, Council of Ministers, 1972-1998. Also commander-in-chief armed forces.

    Religion

    Denomination: Buddhist

    Connections

    • Married Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Children: Jigyel Ugyen, Sonam Dechen. Married Tshering Pem Wangchuck.

      Children: Chimi Yangzom, Kesang Choden, Ugyen Jigme. Married Tshering Yangdön Wanchuck. Children: Jigme Khesar Namgyal, Dechen Yangzom, Jigme Dorji.

      Married Sangay Choden Wangchuck. Children: Euphelma Choden, Khamsum Singhye.
    • father: Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuk
    • mother: Queen Ashi Kesang
    • spouses: Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
    • Tshering Pem Wangchuck
    • Tshering Yangdön Wanchuck
    • Sangay Choden Wangchuck
    • children: Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck
    • Sonam Dechen Wangchuck
    • Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck
    • Kesang Choden Wangchuck
    • Ugyen Jigme Wangchuck
    • Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck
    • Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck
    • Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
    • Euphelma Choden Wangchuck
    • Khamsum Singhye Wangchuck
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    Born November 11, 1955
    (age 61)
    Nationality
    • 1972
      Wangchuk Academy
    • 1972
      Crown prince
    • 1972
      succeeded to throne
    • 2006
      abdicated throne to his son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

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