Kittiratt Na-Ranong

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Kittiratt Na-Ranong
กิตติรัตน์ ณ ระนอง
Kittiratt Na-Ranong.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
9 August 2011 – 7 May 2014
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Finance Minister of Thailand
In office
18 January 2012 – 7 May 2014
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Preceded by Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala
Succeeded by Sommai Pasi
Minister of Commerce
In office
9 August 2011 – 18 January 2012
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Preceded by Porntiwa Nakasai
Succeeded by Boonsong Teriyapirom
Personal details
Born (1958-08-03) 3 August 1958 (age 59)
Bangkok, Thailand
Nationality Thai
Political party Pheu Thai Party
Alma mater Chulalongkorn University
Profession Economist

Kittiratt Na-Ranong (Thai: กิตติรัตน์ ณ ระนอง; RTGSKittirat Na Ranong; born 3 August 1958) is a Thai manager and politician. He was a Deputy Prime Minister[1] in Yingluck Shinawatra's cabinet. Additionally, he led the Ministry of Commerce[2] until January 2012 and then served as Finance Minister until May 2014.

Kittiratt attended the Assumption College and the Triam Udom Suksa School in Bangkok. He studied economics at the Chulalongkorn University, graduating with a bachelor in 1980. He later studied for an MBA at the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration.[3]

Kittiratt has held the position of managing director of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) for five years.[3] Afterwards he became director of the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He was a vice director of the Sasin Graduate Institute and president of the private Shinawatra University, founded by the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Moreover, he has managed the Thailand national football team for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.[3]

In politics, Kittiratt became involved with the Thais United party in 2007. In 2011 he transpose to Pheu Thai Party.


Kittiratt Na-Ranong comes from the Khaw na Ranong family, a prominent Thai-Chinese family based in southern Thailand. He is a great-great grandson of Khaw Soo Cheang, a Hokkien Chinese immigrant from Zhangzhou in Fujian Province who migrated to Penang in 1810 and then to Thailand in 1822. Soo Cheang established a tin mining and shipping business in Penang and Southern Thailand. He was appointed governor of Ranong province in 1854 and given the princely title of Phraya Na Ranong by the royal family.[4] Soo Cheang's second son, Khaw Sim Kong was the governor of Ranong Province and the great-grandfather of Kittiratt. Soo Cheang's sixth son, Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahitsaraphakdi served as the governor of Trang Province. The family was granted the "Na Ranong" surname in around 1916 by Rama VI, among the first families to receive one.[5] Today, several hundred members of the family use this surname.[6] According to a distant relative, Khaw Teik Gim who serves as the family's historian, Kittiratt's Chinese name is Khaw Cheng Thong.[7]

Family tree[edit]


16. Khaw Soo Cheang (Luang Ratanasethi)
8. Khaw Sim Kong (Phraya Damrong Surajit)
17. Sit Kim Lean
4. Khaw Joo Song Na Ranong
2. Keng Na Ranong (Khaw Bian Kheng)
5. Kim Kee Oei
1. Kittirat Na Ranong
3. Wiladda Haypanich

Royal decorations[edit]


  • Lim, Kwee Phaik, Life at Chakrabongse House: Khaw Sim Bee: Phraya Rasadanupradit Mahisornpakdi, 2011, ISBN 0957784872


  1. ^ Ten Kate, Daniel; Suwannakij, Supunnabul (12 Sep 2011), Thailand Shouldn’t Use Rates for Climbing Commodity Costs, Kittiratt Says, Bloomberg, retrieved 27 Sep 2011 
  2. ^ "Kittiratt pushes government economic policy", Bangkok Post, 21 Sep 2011, retrieved 28 Sep 2011 
  3. ^ a b c Biography of Kittiratt Na-Ranong, website of the Sasin Graduate Institute ( Retrieved on 27 Sep 2011.
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  6. ^ Voravudhi Chirasombutti, Some Observations on Migrants’ Acquisition of Thai Family Names, Ritsumei University Japan,
  7. ^ Wong Chun Wai, Powerful ties that bind two nations, 28 September 2013, The Star (Malaysia)
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  9. ^ 3 December 2012, [1] Royal Thai Government Gazette
  10. ^ 2 December 2011, [2] Royal Thai Government Gazette
Political offices
Preceded by
Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala
Minister of Finance
2012 – 2014
Succeeded by
Sommai Pasi