Following the completion of his education in Switzerland in the early 1950s, His Majesty returned home to Thailand. In the years following, he began what has become his way of life - traveling throughout the year to the provinces and rural areas of the kingdom to visit his people, talk to them and, perhaps even more important, listen to them. He learns first hand of their needs and their problems and then sets about trying to find a way of giving immediate help; later these problems are studied in depth to find a permanent solution or way of assistance.
In 1946 the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, came to the throne. He is now the longest reigning monarch in the world.He is loved and respected by his people.In a world where few monarchies survive, Thailand is both unusual and fortunate. Fortunate because of having a King who has both far-reaching knowledge and generous compassion: and unusual because throughout each year of his reign, he has become more deeply loved and respected by his subjects. Today, after having reigned for more than half a century, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is known and admired far beyond the borders of his own country.He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on December 5, 1927. He married Queen Sirikit on April 28, 1950.
80 year old Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej is the richest monarch in the world with wealth worth $35 billion. The surprising addition of wealth in his coffer has been due to transparency of his riches.
Now, he owns over 3,000 acres of real estate land in prime locations in Bangkok, shares in a major bank and in the Siam Cement.
The king is quite popular in Thailand, and is considered semi-god among Thai citizens. He has knocked down Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of oil-rich Brunei who was on the top in previous list of Forbes.