Real Life Crazy Rich Asians: The 10 Most Interesting (and Richest) Asians of 2019
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Position: Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
Net worth: Unknown
In early December of last year, Prawit Wongsuwan made a simple gesture; he raised his hand to shield the sun from his face. Unfortunately for him, this simple act almost tarnished his reputation. By raising his arm, he exposed a few things; one, a Richard Mille watch and a large diamond ring on his finger, and two, undeclared assets that raised suspicions.
In a story dubbed “The Watchgate Scandal,” General Prawit’s extensive collection has come under fire and has sparked corruption rumors throughout Thailand. Aside from a flashy display of money, the story communicates another message: military power and affluence. The story has captivated millions in Thailand and beyond, especially given that the military junta unseated the elected government back in 2014, with the promise to abolish corruption.
Thai deputy prime minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, has served as the minister of defense since 2014 and holds multiple roles in the government. Even though General Prawit, holds multiple official titles, he is now also known for having multiple luxury watches. His extravagant collection is estimated to be worth upwards of USD 1.5 million.