Anutin Charnvirakul

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Anutin Charnvirakul
อนุทิน ชาญวีรกูล
อนุทิน ชาญวีรกูล 2019 ครอบตัด.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
Minister of Public Health
Assumed office
10 July 2019
Prime MinisterPrayut Chan-o-cha
Minister of Public Health
Assumed office
10 July 2019
Prime MinisterPrayut Chan-o-cha
Preceded byPiyasakol Sakolsatayadorn[1]
Leader of the Bhumjaithai Party
Assumed office
14 October 2012
Preceded byChavarat Charnvirakul
Personal details
Born (1966-09-13) 13 September 1966 (age 53)
Bangkok, Thailand
Political partyBhumjaithai Party
Spouse(s)Sasithorn Charnvirakul
ParentsChavarat Charnvirakul
Tassanee Chanweerakul
Alma materHofstra University
Net worth4.2 billion baht (2019)[2]

Anutin Charnvirakul (Thai: อนุทิน ชาญวีรกูล, RTGSAnuthin Chanwirakun; born 13 September 1966 in Bangkok) is a Thai politician. As of 2020, he serves as Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Health.[3]

Early life and family

Nicknamed Noo, Anutin is the son of Chavarat Charnvirakul, former Minister of the Interior in the government of Abhisit Vejjajiva. He was first married to Satannuch Charnvirakul and has two children. His second marriage is to Sasitorn Charnvirakul. Anutin completed secondary education at Assumption College and higher education in engineering from Hofstra University in 1989.[4]

Anuthin is heir to a major construction company fortune. His family's company, Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction PCL, built several government mega-projects such as Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.[5] An engineer, Anuthin served as president of Sino-Thai.[6]

His has over the years been a member of many political parties such as the National Development Party, Thai Rak Thai Party and as leader of the Bhumjaithai Party.[7]

Political career

In 1996, he entered politics by becoming adviser to Prachuap Chaiyasan (the Minister of Foreign Affairs) and served as Deputy Minister of Public Health from 2004 to 2005 and Deputy Minister of Commerce in 2004. He was then banned from political office for five years due to his membership of the Thai Rak Thai Party.[6][8] Anutin then joined the Bhumjaithai Party in 2012 after the expiration of the ban and was elected as the leader of the Bhumjaithai Party on 14 October 2012.[9]

In the 2019 Thai general election, he was the Bhumjaithai Party's candidate for prime minister.[8]

Anutin has been a leading proponent of medical marijuana.[10]

Royal decorations

Anutin has received the following royal decorations in the Honours System of Thailand:


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  2. ^ "Tourism minister's wife richest MP to date". Bangkok Post. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Executive Directory". Ministry of Public Health. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. ^ "เปิดประวัติ "อนุทิน ชาญวีรกูล" วันที่เป็นนักการเมืองอาชีพ". PPTV36.
  5. ^ "Who Will Be Thailand's Next Prime Minister?". The Diplomat. Associated Press. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  6. ^ a b Suksamran, Nauvarat (13 October 2012). "Anutin's career takes flight". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
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  8. ^ a b "อนุทิน ภูมิใจไทย จับขั้วพลังประชารัฐ ตั้งรัฐบาล หลังเล่นตัวนานกว่า 2 เดือน". Sanook.
  9. ^ "ประกาศนายทะเบียนพรรคการเมือง เรื่อง ตอบรับการเปลี่ยนแปลงคณะกรรมการบริหารพรรคภูมิใจไทย (จำนวน ๙ ราย)" (PDF). Government Gazette.
  10. ^ Somerset, Sara Brittany (17 November 2019). "Thailand Will Soon Allow Its Citizens To Grow Cannabis At Home To Sell To The Government". Forbes. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  11. ^ "ประกาศสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี เรื่อง พระราชทานเครื่องราชอิสริยาภรณ์ (ชั้นสายสะพาย จำนวน ๔,๒๓๘ ราย)" (PDF). Government Gazette.
  12. ^ ราชกิจจานุเบกษา ประกาศสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี เรื่อง พระราชทานเครื่องราชอิสริยาภรณ์ (ชั้นต่ำกว่าสายสะพาย ชั้นสายสะพาย สมาชิกวุฒิสภา เนื่องในวโรกาสพระราชพิธีเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา วันที่ ๕ ธันวาคม ๒๕๓๗)[full citation needed]
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