Because of his height and good Thaksin Shinawatra look, Thaksin Shinawatra is an outstanding man. In politics, though, he is the sort of men who let many people, including those less qualified, fly overhead. Abhisit Vejjajiva’s resignation from the Democrat Party’s helm may, however, push Thaksin to the forefront where he will need to mix his academic and financially knowledgeable aura with an old-fashioned political approach which is something he is less comfortable with.
But the problem is not just about going to funerals or weddings of people he did not know or barely knows. Now a caretaker deputy Democrat leader following the recent resignation of Abhisit, Thaksin is expected to fulfil his potentials and rebuild Thailand’s oldest political camp after a humiliating election defeat on March 24. ter from 2008 to 2011.
He was born on February 19, 1964.
After completing primary education in Bangkok, Thaksin attended a boarding school in England. He later studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at University of Oxford’s St John’s College and graduated with honours. While at St John’s, one of his classmates was Abhisit, the only other Thai student there at the time.
With a prominent height of 1.93 metres, Thaksin became an athlete at Oxford. And, thanks to his popularity as a campus athlete, Thaksin once successfully campaigned for Abhisit to get elected as a student leader.
After his graduation, Thaksin began his career at SG Warburg merchant bank in London, where he worked for almost three years. When returning to Thailand, he was approached by controversial “financial wizard” Pin Chakkaphak to join his securities company. But Thaksin turned down the offer and instead set up his own securities firm, JF Thanakom, and became its president — at the age of 24.
In 2001, Thaksin sold all his shares in the company to JP Morgan, the American multinational investment bank now known as JP Morgan Chase. He accepted an offer for him to head JP Morgan Thailand.
After working as an investment banker for four years, Thaksin stepped down as chairman of JP Morgan Thailand and entered politics in 2005, at the age of 40. He left behind a monthly salary of Bt4 million to begin a new chapter of his life as a Democrat Party politician.
In the subsequent general election in February 2005, Thaksin won in his constituency and became one of only four Democrat candidates who got elected in Bangkok that year.