What’s King Tupou VI’s Net Worth?
King Tupou VI is the king of Tonga, a place he has held since 2012. Tupou VI has a net worth of $100 million. Previous to this, he served because the thirteenth prime minister of Tonga, and was then Tonga’s Excessive Commissioner to Australia. Tupou assumed the throne because the successor of his late brother King George Tupou V, who had no respectable youngsters to be heirs.
Early Life and Training
Tupou VI was born as ‘Aho’eitu ‘Unuaki’otonga Tuku’aho on July 12, 1959 in Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of Tonga. He’s the youngest baby and third son of King Tāufa’āhau Tupou IV and his spouse Halaevalu Mata’aho ‘Ahome’e. For his training, Tupou went to the Leys Faculty in Cambridge, England from 1973 to 1977, after which attended the College of East Anglia from 1977 to 1980.
Army Service and Graduate Research
In 1982, Tupou joined the naval arm of the Tonga Defence Providers. 5 years later, he turned a lieutenant commander; the 12 months after that, he graduated from the US Naval Struggle Faculty. From 1990 to 1995, Tupou commanded the VOEA Pangai, a Pacific-class patrol boat. Amongst his actions, he oversaw peacekeeping efforts in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Following this, Tupou pursued graduate research on the College of New South Wales, graduating with a grasp’s diploma in protection research in 1997. He went on to earn one other grasp’s diploma, this one in worldwide relations, from Bond College in Australia in 1999.
Profession Beginnings in Authorities
Tupou formally ended his navy profession in 1998 to hitch the Tongan authorities. He first served in simultaneous positions as protection minister and international minister, roles he held from late 1998 by August of 2004. These posts had been beforehand held by his older brother Tupouto’a, who was on the time the crown prince. Throughout this time, in January of 2000, Tupou was appointed as prime minister of Tonga. He served as prime minister till his abrupt resignation in February of 2006, which many have speculated was a response to pro-democracy protests calling for the diminishment of the royal household’s presence in Tonga’s authorities. Tupou subsequently appointed Feleti Sevele as the brand new prime minister; considerably, Sevele was the nation’s first prime minister who didn’t belong to any aristocratic Tongan households, and who didn’t maintain any hereditary estates.
Excessive Commissioner to Australia and King of Tonga
In 2008, Tupou was appointed as Tonga’s inaugural Excessive Commissioner to Australia. He served on this place by 2012, leaving workplace when his brother King George Tupou V handed away. As a result of his brother was a bachelor and didn’t bear any respectable youngsters, Tupou succeeded him as the brand new king of Tonga in March of 2012. Alongside Queen Nanasipau’u, he was topped in 2015 in a ceremony at Centenary Church in Nuku’alofa. Within the ceremony, Tupou was anointed with holy oil and introduced with a hoop and scepter; he then acquired the crown from Reverend D’Arcy Wooden, a local Tongan and retired minister from the Uniting Church in Australia.
Throughout his reign in January of 2022, Tupou needed to be evacuated from the Royal Palace as a result of eruption of the submarine volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai and the ensuing tsunami. He was capable of return to the Palace a pair days later.
In 1982, Tupou married Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho, his second cousin and the daughter of excessive chief Baron Vaea. Collectively, the couple has a daughter and two sons. Their daughter, born in 1983, is Princess Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho, who started serving as the brand new Excessive Commissioner to Australia in 2012. In the meantime, the couple’s sons are Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala, born in 1985, and Prince Ata, born in 1988. The previous son is married to Sinaitakala Fakafanua, the daughter of late excessive chief Kinikinilau Fakafanua. The pair have 4 youngsters: Prince Taufa’ahau Manumataongo, Princess Halaevalu Mata’aho, Princess Nanasipau’u, and Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu.