Aung San Suu Kyi Net Worth, Early Years, Husband, Activism, House Arrest, Election, State Counselor and Honors

Published Date   09th Aug. 2017, 21:47 pm
Aung San Suu Kyi Net Worth, Early Years, Husband, Activism, House Arrest, Election, State Counselor and Honors
Quick Info
Birth Name: Aung San Suu Kyi
Date of Birth: 19/06/2017
Age: 4 years old
Nationality: Burmese

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi net worth and honor rose as she became Nobel Peace laureate after spending more than 15 years in detention.


Born in 1945, Aung San Suu Kyi spent her early days staying and studying abroad. After she returned to Burma, she saw protestors, who were rallying against brutal dictator U Ne Win, being slaughtered. Suu Kyi spoke against the dictator and started a nonviolent movement with an aim to bring up democracy and support human rights. However, the government put Suu Kyi under house arrest in 1989 where she spent 15 years.

On the contrary, her efforts won her the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2010, the government released her from house arrest. Eventually, Aung San Suu Kyi net worth rose as she obtained a seat in parliament for the National League for Democracy Party. She held the seat until 2015. The same year, NLD won landslide victory due to which they could select the country’s next president. In 2016, the party selected Suu Kyi’s adviser, Htin Kyaw, for the post while choosing Suu Kyi the higher position i.e. state counselor.

Background, Early Years and Family

Aung San Suu Kyi was born on June 19, 1945 in Yangon, Burma as the third child to Burma’s independence hero, Aung San. Suu Kyi was two years old when her father was assassinated. Her mother Khin Kyi became ambassador to India in 1960. Therefore, Suu Kyi spent her early days in India. She completed her high school in India and then went to the University of Oxford.

Aung San Suu Kyi  Early Life

In London, she studied philosophy, politics and economics. She received her B.A. degree in 1967. During the time, Suu Kyi was student in the University of Oxford; she met a scholar in Bhutanese studies, Michael Aris. Suu Kyi and Aris married in 1972. The couple has two children, Alexander and Kim. The family spent their time together in England, the United States and India during 1970s-80s.

Political Condition of Burma upon Return

In 1988, Suu Kyi returned to Burma so that she could look after her dying mother. Since then, her life did not remain the same as it was before. Aung San Suu Kyi net worth started to rise with her active nonviolent participation in politics fighting for democracy from that time onward.

It was in 1962, dictator U Ne Win had gathered protests due to his policies. In 1988, U Ne Win resigned from his post of party chairman, leaving the country in the hands of military Junta. However, he was behind all the violent responses to the protests and events.

Activism and House Arrest

Suu Kyi reached Burma amidst the violence and killing of protestors who were rallying against U Ne Win and his authoritarianism. Soon, Suu Kyi became an active member of protest. Aung San Suu Kyi net worth and participation increased as she spoke against U Ne Win publicly. She talked about Burma going through issues without democracy and human rights. It did not take enough for her to become a prominent protestor. Consequently, military government of Burma put her in house arrest cutting off all her communications with outside world.

However, the Union military agreed to set her free if she left the country. As a response, Suu Kyi decided that she would not flee. Instead, she insisted the junta to release the country to civilian government and free political prisoners. In 1990 election, the National League for Democracy (NLD) party won more than 80% of the parliamentary seats. Nevertheless, Junta ignored the election results and canceled it after 20 years.

In 1995, they released Suu Kyi from house arrest. After release, she attended NLD party going through military harassment. Three years later, Aung San Suu Kyi net worth accelerated as she actively involved in politics. She founded representative committee and announced it country’s legitimate ruling body.  Due to this reason, the junta one more time placed her under house arrest until May 2002.

Soon after the release, the NLD underwent clash with pro-government demonstrator. Consequently, Suu Kyi was put under house arrest. The activist, Aung San Suu Kyi net worth grew and she attracted attention of the international community their aid for her release was pointless.

House Arrest and Election

In 2009, Suu Kyi was released from house arrest until she got arrested again after some time. This time, she was arrested due to criminal act of allowing an intruder to spend 2 nights at her home. Aforementioned, she was not supposed to keep contact with the outside world; however, she violated the terms of her house arrest. She let John Yettaw, an American, stay at her home. Yettaw had visited her house to warn her eventually facing imprisonment upon return to the US.

During that time the United Nations intervened stating that Suu Kyi’s detention was illegal, but she went to prison for three years after guilt verdict. However, the sentence reduced to 18 months. The Myanmar and international community thought the ruling party prevented Suu Kyi from participating in multiparty parliamentary elections. The fear became prominent as the ruling party brought up a series of new laws in 2010. One of them prohibited the arrested criminals to participate in elections while another prohibited people married to foreign national from running for office.

The NLD party supported Suu Kyi consequently refusing to re-register the party under the newly formed laws. As a result the party split. The government parties won majority of legislative seats in 2010 election. In the seventh day of election, Suu Kyi was released from house arrest.

In 2011, Suu Kyi registered to run for a seat in parliament after NLD re-registered as a political party. After tiresome election campaign, Suu Kyi won election in 2012 taking over the office in May. Aung San Suu Kyi net worth rose as she became the leader of NLD in 2013. A couple of years later, i.e. in 2015, the country held parliamentary elections in which NLD successfully won 378 out of 664 seats.

President and State Counselor

In March 2016, the NLD party selected Htin Kyaw as the country’s new president. Kyaw was an advisor of Suu Kyi for a long time. Because Suu Kyi has an American husband, she could not run for presidential candidacy. However, one month later, Aung San Suu Kyi net worth hiked as she was given bigger role. She became state counselor, a superior to president. As a state counselor, Suu Kyi had a role to look after country’s affairs.

Honors and Recognition

Aung San Suu Kyi net worth and significance rippled throughout the world as she followed her father’s footsteps to fight for the good of her country. Her fight for freedom, justice and democracy all for the country accumulated honors. One of the notable awards she got is Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. The prestigious honor and her praiseworthy deeds prove that she is one the world’s most powerful women. Similarly, Suu Kyi is the recipient of the International Simón Bolívar Prize in 1992. In addition, the Indian government also honored her with the Jawaharlal Nehru Award in 1993.

The US House of Representatives awarded Suu Kyi the Congressional Gold Medal in December 2007. The US president George W. Bush signed the 400-0 vote to make Suu Kyi the first person in American history to receive the prize. It was during the time of her imprisonment.

Aung San Suu Kyi net worth

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi net worth became prominently high as she established herself as an icon for peaceful resistance against dictatorship. She underwent consistent struggles in the effort of bringing democracy to military-ruled Burma (currently Myanmar). She became highly recognizable and one among world’s most powerful women due to the role she played for her country. Even though the exact figure of Aung San Suu Kyi net worth is not available, she vividly holds massive value in the world.

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