A Thai politician Banharn Silpa-archa was widely known as the Prime Minister of Thailand from 1995 to 1996. He has held different cabinet posts in several governments. Banharn was awarded several royal decorations in the Honours System of Thailand including Knight Commander of The Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao, Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of The Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand.
Banharn was a member of a Chinese merchant family. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1986 from the open admission Ramkhamhaeng University. Banharn Silpa-archa made a big fortune in the construction business before becoming a Member of Parliament, when he first entered politics. He once participated in the Thai Nation Party.
He was married Jamsai Silpa-archa and the couple has three children, two of whom also became politicians.