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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

5th King of Bhutan
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Net worth 2018: $500,000
Residence: Dechencholing Palace, Thimphu, Bhutan
Country: Bhutanese
BirthDay: 21 February 1980
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Education: Wheaton College, University of Oxford, Phillips Academy

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was bornon 21 February 1980 in Dechencholing Palace, Thimphu, Bhutan, Bhutanese, is 5th King of Bhutan. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the fifth and present ‘Druk Gyalpo’ or the ‘Dragon King’ of the Kingdom of Bhutan since December 9, 2006. He succeeded his father Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who formally renounced the throne in favour of his son. A coronation ceremony was publicly held on November 1, 2008, a propitious year that marked the first centenary of Monarchy in Bhutan. He is a proponent of democracy and strives to achieve improved standards in civil service, education and business sectors and in this pursuit travels widely across Bhutan meeting and encouraging the youth. In February 2007, he signed a new friendship treaty with India in place of the 1949 treaty. He has supported many new government initiatives to empower the system keeping in view the democratic transformation. On July 18, 2008, his reign saw the first elected parliament adopting the ‘Constitution of Bhutan. He is the Chancellor of the ‘Royal University of Bhutan’. His Majesty is patron of several institutes and associations including ‘Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry’, ‘European Convention of Bhutan Societies’, ‘Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies’, ‘Bhutan Scouts Association’, ‘Bhutan India Friendship Association’ and ‘India Bhutan Foundation’.


On February 5, 2016, their son, ‘His Royal Highness The Gyalsey’ was born


When the Wangduephodrang Dzong was devastated by fire on June 24, 2012, the King, in the capacity of ‘Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces’, directed the armed forces to the site and he himself visited the site within hours


‘DeSuung Training Programme’, a military style training programme was initiated by him in 2011 at the behest of the youth in view of acquiring skills to tackle emergencies


Following the 2009 and 2011 earthquakes and floods, His Majesty himself had overseen the rehabilitation efforts of the victims


The first democratically elected parliament of Bhutan adopted the ‘Constitution of Bhutan’ under his reign on July 18, 2008


In February 2007, His Majesty signed a new friendship treaty with India, thus replacing the one of 1949


In this pursuit, Jigme Singye Wangchuck issued a Royal Edict on December 9, 2006, declaring his relinquishment and passed on the monarchy of Bhutan to Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who became the fifth King of Bhutan


Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth and the then King of Bhutan, made an announcement in December 2005 intending to abdicate the throne in 2008 in favour of his son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck


He was inducted as ‘Ponlop of Trongsa’ or the ‘Trongsa Penlop’ in Trongsa Dzong on October 31, 2004


He attended the ‘27th UN General Assembly’ held on May 8, 2002, on behalf of Bhutan


He first joined the ‘Phillips Academy’ there and later attended the ‘Cushing Academy’ from where he completed his graduation in 1999


His Majesty was born on February 21, 1980 to Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth ‘Dragon King’ of Bhutan, and his third wife, Queen Tshering Yangdon, as their eldest son

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