Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan

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Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan
นิวัฒน์ธำรง บุญทรงไพศาล

Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan at Ministerial Conference 2013 crop.jpg
Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
7 May 2014 – 22 May 2014
Monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej
Preceded by Yingluck Shinawatra
Succeeded by Prayuth Chan-ocha
Minister of Commerce
In office
30 June 2013 – 22 May 2014
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Preceded by Boonsong Teriyapirom
Succeeded by Chatchai Sarikalya
Personal details
Born (1948-01-25) 25 January 1948 (age 66)
Political party Pheu Thai Party
Spouse(s) Boonphatcharee Boonsongpaisan
Alma mater Srinakharinwirot University
Chulalongkorn University
Religion Buddhism

Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan (Thai: นิวัฒน์ธำรง บุญทรงไพศาล, RTGS: Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan, pronounced [ní(ʔ).wát.tʰām.rōŋ būn.sōŋ.pʰāj.sǎːn], born 25 January 1948), is a Thai businessman and politician who served as acting Prime Minister following Yingluck Shinawatra's removal from office by the Constitutional Court of Thailand until his deposition in a coup d'état three weeks after taking office. Before that, he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, and before that managed the country's rice pledging scheme.[1][2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Niwatthamrong was born on 25 January 1948. He holds a bachelor's degree in education from Srinakharinwirot University and a master's degree in computer science from Chulalongkorn University and is married to Boonphatcharee Boonsongpaisan. [3]

Business career[edit]

A close business associate of Thaksin Shinawatra, he served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee-Media and Advertising front of Shin Corporation since 1995 and as Vice Chairman since 2000.[3] Boonsongpaisan served from 2001 to 2002 as Vice Chairman of iTV and from 1993 to 1995, director of that company between 2002 and 2008, and a member of the board of directors between 2001 to March 16, 2006.[3]

Political career[edit]

He served as director of the controversial rice pledging scheme, where rice was bought at inflated prices from farmers and subsequently was left to rot due to lack of buyers.[2] On 30 June 2013 he was appointed Minster of Commerce and a deputy prime minister in the cabinet of Yingluck Shinawatra.[citation needed]


On 7 May 2014 he became acting Prime Minister following the removal of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several members of her cabinet from office.[1] On 22 May 2014 he was himself removed from office following a military coup.


  1. ^ a b "Court removes Thai PM from office, deputy Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan appointed caretaker". The Daily Star. 7 May 2014. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Pramotmaneerat, Thammarat (1 July 2013). "Newly-appointed Commerce Minister not worried about rice pledging program". Thai Financial Post. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Executive Profile: Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Yingluck Shinawatra
Prime Minister of Thailand

Succeeded by
Prayuth Chan-ocha