Tshering Tobgay

About Tshering Tobgay

Who is it?: Prime Minister of Bhutan
Birth Day: September 19, 1965
Birth Place: Haa District, Bhutan, Bhutanese
Birth Sign: Libra
Monarch: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Preceded by: Sonam Tobgye (as Chief Advisor)
Political party: People's Democratic Party
Spouse(s): Tashi Doma
Alma mater: University of Pittsburgh Harvard University

Tshering Tobgay Net Worth

Tshering Tobgay was bornon September 19, 1965 in Haa District, Bhutan, Bhutanese, is Prime Minister of Bhutan. Tshering Tobgay is a Bhutanese politician and the Prime Minister of Bhutan since July 27, 2013. He is the leader and one of the founders of the ‘People’s Democratic Party’ who effectively set up the Party as the first registered political party of Bhutan. For five years from March 2008 to April 2013, he remained the ‘Leader of the Opposition’ in the ‘National Assembly’, the first democratically elected parliament of Bhutan. He also served as President of the ‘People’s Democratic Party’. He is alumni of the ‘Harvard University and also the ‘University of Pittsburgh’. Before joining politics, he served as a civil servant in the ‘Department of Education’ in its ‘Technical and Vocational Education Section’. He set up the ‘National Technical Training Authority’ in 1998 and remained its head. He was the director of the ‘Ministry of Labour and Human Resources’ for around four years since 2003. His Majesty, the King conferred him with the ‘Lungmar Scarf’, a lifetime scarf, on December 17, 2014, at the 107th National Day celebration. He thus became the first recipient of the scarf since its re-institution.
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💰 Net worth: $12.2 Million

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Biography/Timeline

1990

In 1990, Tobgay received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering after obtaining a scholarship from the United Nations. Tobgay also completed a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2004.

1991

Tobgay was a civil servant before he engaged in politics. He started his career in 1991 with the Technical and Vocational Education Section (TVES) of the Education Division in Bhutan. After his stint with the TVES from 1991 to 1999, Tobgay created and led the National Technical Training Authority (NTTA) from 1999 to 2003.

2003

Tobgay also served from 2003 to 2007 in the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources as the Director of the Human Resources department. Tobgay resigned from the Ministry of Labour in February 2007 and entered politics to serve his duties for the reigning king, who established democracy in 2008.After the election in 2013, Tobgay became the Prime Minister of Bhutan through a secret ballot.

2013

During Tobgay's campaign in the 2013 election, Tobgay focused on improving Bhutan with small promises. Instead of following in his predecessor's footsteps and promoting the Gross National Happiness, Tobgay pledged to give each village a power tiller, utility vehicles for each district and two national ambulance helicopters. Tobgay's election campaign focused on improving the economy which had then fallen to a record low of 2%. The campaign also promised strengthening rural economy, reforming education sector and empowering the local government.

2014

On 17 December 2014, the King of Bhutan presented Tobgay with the Lungmar Scarf for his efforts put in for the wellbeing of nation being Prime Minister of Bhutan.

2015

At a 2015 TED talk titled TEDxThimphu, Tobgay spoke about happiness and how Common the theme of happiness was talked about at other Ted Talks, including by Nancy Etcoff, and Silver Donald Cameron. In his speech, Tobgay emphasized that having a sense of purpose, identity, and security is important to become happy.

2016

At a 2016 TED talk, Tobgay spoke about Bhutan's pledge to remain carbon neutral for all time. He shared his country's mission to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation. He spoke at the UN general assembly in 2017, resonating Bhutan's environmental achievements and the need of the world to unite to save the environment.

2019

Tobgay was a co-founder member of the People’s Democratic Party and was responsible for establishing the Party as Bhutan’s first registered political party. At the 2008 election, the PDP only obtained two seats, with Tobgay winning one of the seats. In 2009, the PDP's leader Sangay Ngedup resigned from his position, and Tobgay took over as the party's leader. After the 2013 election, Tobgay was elected as Prime Minister of Bhutan by a secret ballot.