Than Shwe

1933 - Today

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Than Shwe (Burmese: သန်းရွှေ, pronounced [θáɰ̃ ʃwè]; born 2 February 1933 or 3 May 1935) is a Burmese strongman politician who was the head of state of Myanmar from 1992 to 2011 as Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). During this period, he held key positions of power including Prime Minister of Myanmar, Commander-in-chief of Myanmar Defense Services and head of the Union Solidarity and Development Association. In March 2011 he officially stepped down as head of state in favour of his hand-picked successor, Thein Sein, and as head of the Armed Forces, being replaced by general Min Aung Hlaing. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Than Shwe has received more than 489,312 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Than Shwe is the 3,075th most popular politician (up from 3,493rd in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Myanmar (Burma) (up from 5th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Burmese Politician.

Than Shwe is most famous for being the former dictator of Myanmar.

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Among politicians, Than Shwe ranks 3,075 out of 15,710Before him are Pier Luigi Farnese, Duke of Parma, Philibert II, Duke of Savoy, Hjalmar Branting, Henri, Prince of Condé, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, and Deiphobus. After him are Władysław Gomułka, Lucius Vitellius the Elder, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, Junichiro Koizumi, Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan, and Bardiya.

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Among people born in 1933, Than Shwe ranks 56Before him are Paul J. Crutzen, Willie Nelson, Charles K. Kao, Antonio Negri, Henryk Górecki, and Tomislav Ivić. After him are Hisataka Okamoto, John Gurdon, Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Danny Aiello, Edmund Phelps, and Henri, Count of Paris.

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In Myanmar (Burma)

Among people born in Myanmar (Burma), Than Shwe ranks 4 out of 26Before him are Aung San Suu Kyi (1945), U Thant (1909), and Aung San (1915). After him are U Nu (1907), Bayinnaung (1516), Ne Win (1910), Thein Sein (1944), Anawrahta (1015), Alaungpaya (1714), Saki (1870), and Htin Kyaw (1946).

Among POLITICIANS In Myanmar (Burma)

Among politicians born in Myanmar (Burma), Than Shwe ranks 3Before him are U Thant (1909) and Aung San (1915). After him are U Nu (1907), Bayinnaung (1516), Ne Win (1910), Thein Sein (1944), Anawrahta (1015), Alaungpaya (1714), Htin Kyaw (1946), Diana Abgar (1859), and Thibaw Min (1859).