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 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 was one of the youngest Prime Ministers in Thailand's history.
She and her eight older siblings were the children of a member of the Thai Parliament. She later became a common law wife after marrying Anusorn Amornchat in 1995; they had a son named Supasek.
Kowit Wattana served as her Deputy Prime Minister from 2011 to 2012.