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Titiek Soeharto
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Born
Siti Hediati Hariyadi

(1959-04-14) 14 April 1959 (age 61)
NationalityIndonesian
Alma materUniversity of Indonesia
Political partyBerkarya Party
Spouse(s)Prabowo Subianto (divorced)
ChildrenDidit Hediprasetyo
Parent(s)Soeharto
Siti Hartinah
RelativesSiti Hardiyanti Rukmana / Tutut Soeharto (sister)
Siti Haditami Endang Adiningsih / Mamiek Soeharto (sister)
Hutomo Mandala Putra / Tommy Soeharto (brother)
Bambang Trihatmodjo / Bambang Soeharto (brother)
Sigit Harjojundanto / Sigit Soeharto (brother)

Siti Hediati Hariyadi (born 14 April 1959) is the second daughter of Soeharto, the second president of Indonesia.[1] She is popularly known as Titiek Soeharto. She has led the Indonesian Art Foundation and was a TV commentator for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as well as a judge on Puteri Indonesia (Miss Indonesia) 2014. A year after her father's rule ended in 1998, Time magazine estimated her personal wealth at $75 million.[2]

Life[edit]

Titiek was born in Semarang in 1959 in Semarang, Central Java. She was the fourth child of Soeharto and Siti Hartinah. When Soeharto resigned in 1998 after 32 years in power, his family was alleged to control over 500 companies and have assets of $15 billion.[3] An investigation by TIME Asia noted there was no evidence the money had been obtained illegally,[3] but the nepotism involving the president's six children was thought to have contributed to his downfall.[4][5]

In May 1983, Titiek married Prabowo Subianto Djojohadikoesoemo, an Army officer who became known as a hard man of the Soeharto regime. She and Prabowo had one son, Didit Hediprasetyo, who was schooled in Boston and became a fashion[6] and car interior designer.[7] Titiek and Prabowo divorced in 1998 after Soeharto resigned following widespread anti-government protests and mass riots.[8] Sixteen years after their divorce, Titik appeared at rallies with Prabowo to support his presidential campaign in 2014, but she dismissed speculation they would remarry.[9]

Titik has led the Indonesian Art Foundation and she was a TV commentator for the 2006 World Cup. There was some discussion as to why she was chosen as a commentator. The TV company said that this was because they were introducing a wider variety of presenters, but her skill as a commentator was questioned. This was thought to be an inelegant attempt at a comeback for the Soeharto family.[10]

Golkar is the political party that her father created to keep himself in power. Titiek has backed her brother Tommy Soeharto, who was jailed for arranging the murder of a Supreme Court judge, to lead the party.[11] On 5 December 2017, Titiek said she herself was ready to stand for the leadership of Golkar because the party’s popularity had slumped.[12] In June 2018, Titiek resigned from Golkar and joined Tommy's Berkarya Party. She complained her voice had never been heard in Golkar.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Former Indonesian president Suharto dies, Irish Times, 2008, retrieved 30 June 2015
  2. ^ Colmey, John (24 May 1999). "Suharto Inc". CNN. Time Asia. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Soehert Inc, Cover story of TIME Asia, 1998, retrieved June 2015
  4. ^ Kathryn Stoner; Michael McFaul (12 March 2013). Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective. JHU Press. pp. 161–. ISBN 978-1-4214-0813-2.
  5. ^ McDonald, Hamish (28 January 2008). "No End to Ambition". Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. ^ "Didit Hediprasetyo, Putra Prabowo yang Mendunia". Tempo.co. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Consummate luxury: the BMW Individual 7 Series by Didit Hediprasetyo". BMWGroup.com. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Winarno, Hery H. (31 March 2014). "'Prabowo diusir dari Cendana karena dianggap khianati Soeharto'". Merdeka.com. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  9. ^ "No need for reconciliation: Titiek Soeharto". The Jakarta Post. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  10. ^ Soeharto clan riding the World Cup wave on 'SCTV' Archived 2015-07-14 at the Wayback Machine, Dylan Amirio, 2006, The Jakarta Post, retrieved July 2015
  11. ^ Supporters want Tommy to lead Golkar: Titiek Soeharto, Dylan Amirio, 23 April 2015, Jakarta Post, Retrieved July 2015
  12. ^ Sarwanto, Abi (6 December 2017). "Titiek Soeharto Siap Maju Jadi Ketua Umum Golkar". CNN Indonesia. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Titiek Soeharto to hold strategic position in Berkarya Party". The Jakarta Post. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018.