Politician and businesswoman who took office as the first female Prime Minister of Thailand in 2011. Her brother Thanksin was also Prime Minster but was exiled in a military coup.
She was one of the youngest Prime Ministers in Thailand's history.
Kowit Wattana served as her Deputy Prime Minister from 2011 to 2012.
She studied Political Science and Public Administration at Chiang Mai University and later received a graduate degree in Management Information Systems from Kentucky State University. She subsequently worked as a sales intern for an AT&T affiliate telephone company.
She and her eight older siblings were the children of a member of the Thai Parliament. Shinawatra later became the common law wife of Anusorn Amornchat and the mother of a son named Supasek.