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Bhumibol Adulyadej
Rama IX of Thailand
King of Thailand

Reign 9 June 1946 - 13 October 2016 (70 years 126 days)
Coronation 6 May 1950
Predecessor Ananda Mahidon
Successor Vajiralongkorn (Rama X)
Spouse Sirikit (m. 1950–present) «start: (1950)»"Marriage: Sirikit to Bhumibol Adulyadej" Location: (linkback:
Ubol Ratana
Maha Vajiralongkorn
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Chulabhorn Walailak
Father Mahidol Adulyadej
Mother Srinagarindra
Born 5 December 1927(1927-12-05)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died 13 October 2016(2016-10-13) (aged 88)
Bangkok, Thailand

Bhumibol Adulyadej (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]


Bhumibol Adulyadej
Born: 5 December 1927 Died: 13 October 2016
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ananda Mahidol
King of Thailand
Succeeded by