'Billionaire peasant' a growing force in Thai politics

Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who was executive vice-president of his family conglomerate Thai Summit Group until recently, has been a rising political star since the start of the year. He has criticised the military's role in Thai politics, espe
Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who was executive vice-president of his family conglomerate Thai Summit Group until recently, has been a rising political star since the start of the year. He has criticised the military's role in Thai politics, especially since the 2010 crackdown on the supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/THANATHORN JUANGROONGRUANGKIT

Tycoon behind new party draws crowds in provinces, as he pledges to represent the people

When Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit went to Thailand's north-eastern Isan provinces during the Songkran festival in mid-April, locals took turns to shake hands and take selfies with the new hope of Thai politics.

Since last month, the 39-year-old tycoon-turned-politician has visited some 15 provinces across Thailand, creating much buzz and attracting plenty of media coverage.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline ''Billionaire peasant' a growing force in Thai politics'. Print Edition | Subscribe