Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

About Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Who is it?: 5th King of Bhutan
Birth Day: February 21, 1980
Birth Place: Dechencholing Palace, Thimphu, Bhutan, Bhutanese
Birth Sign: Pisces
Reign: 9 December 2006 – ongoing
Coronation: 6 November 2008
Predecessor: Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Heir apparent: Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck
Prime Ministers: See list Khandu Wangchuk Kinzang Dorji Jigme Thinley Tshering Tobgay
Spouse: Jetsun Pema (m. 2011)
Issue: Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck
House: Wangchuck
Father: Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Mother: Tshering Yangdon
Religion: Vajrayana Buddhism
Reference style: His Majesty
Spoken style: Your Majesty
Alternative style: Druk Gyalpo

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Net Worth

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was bornon February 21, 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’.
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is a member of Historical Personalities

💰 Net worth: $500,000

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Biography/Timeline

2002

On 25 June 2002, the Crown Prince was awarded the Red Scarf by his father.

2004

On 31 October 2004, Khesar was installed as the 16th Trongsa Penlop in Trongsa Dzong. The institution of the Trongsa Penlop, started by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1647, signifies the true heritage to the Bhutanese Throne and the investiture ceremony of the Trongsa Penlop is the formal declaration of this status of the Crown Prince.

2006

Following his 2006 visit to Thailand as Crown Prince, the King has been immensely popular in Thailand. The number of Thai tourists visiting Bhutan has increased steadily since the visit.

2008

The King signed a new treaty of friendship with India in February 2007, replacing the treaty of 1949. Many government initiatives were undertaken by the new King with a view to strengthen the system in preparation for the democratic changes in 2008. The Constitution of Bhutan was adopted on 18 July 2008, by the first elected parliament.

2009

There are several Kidu schemes designed to help certain groups of people, such as students unable to afford even the free education available in the country, elderly citizens, those requiring medical treatments. The King has also continued the tradition of giving state land to landless farmers around the country. The ongoing project takes the King to remote villages and communities. An aspect of Kidu includes providing immediate assistance to victims of natural disasters. The King personally supervised the rebuilding efforts following major earthquakes and floods in 2009 and 2011.

2011

In November 2011, the King with Queen Jetsun made a state visit to Japan; they were the first state guests to Japan since the 2011 earthquake. The Royal Visit had a similar effect, with reports that the Japanese were infatuated with the King and country.

2012

In 2012, Nu.100 million from the Armed Forces was granted by the king to the Zhung Dratshang for the Dzong Reconstruction Fund, as on 24 June, the historic Wangduephodrang Dzong was destroyed by fire. As Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the King commanded the armed forces and De-suups to the site immediately, and with help from dzongkhag officials and citizens, many things were saved from the fire. The King himself rushed to the scene within hours.

2013

The "People's King", like his father, enjoys exceptionally warm relations with India. He has visited India on several occasions, and was invited as the Chief Guest for India's 64th Republic Day celebrations in 2013.

2014

The Constitution of Bhutan empowers the King to grant amnesty to prisoners. In 2014, he pardoned 45 prisoners who had been imprisoned for possessing an excessive amount of tobacco, following an amendment of the Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan 2010 by the Parliament of Bhutan, since the amended law could not be enforced retroactively, and previous offenders who would not be liable now would still be tried under previous laws. The Royal Pardon was granted to those who were not repeat offenders and who had good prison records. The prisoners still had to pay a fine as the tobacco law had changed.

2015

In March 2015, the King and Queen were among the foreign dignitaries who attended the funeral of Singapore's former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

2019

The King has stressed the importance of education in almost all his public addresses, and makes it a point to visit schools at every opportunity. In line with this, he grants scholarships to students from different parts of the country. The recipients of His Majesty’s Scholarship Kidu go to various colleges and schools in Bhutan, India, Thailand, The Philippines, Singapore, Japan and Europe. Several scholarships, like the Trongsa Penlop Scholarship, have been offered by universities abroad to His Majesty as a gesture of goodwill, and appreciation of, His Majesty The King.