Aung San Suu Kyi Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

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Husband: Late Michael Aris
Religion: Theravada Buddhist
Age: 78 Years


Nickname(s)Daw Suu, Amay Suu
Profession(s)Politician, Diplomat, and Author
Political PartyNational League for Democracy
Political Journey• On 27 September 1988, she entered politics and founded a political party- National League for Democracy.
• On 20 July 1989, she was put under house arrest.
• In the 1990 General Elections, NLD secured 80% parliamentary seat. However, Burmese military refused to hand over the power to Suu Kyi and she was again put under house arrest.
• On 13 November 2010, she was released from being under house arrest by the Junta Military.
• On 18 January 2012, in special parliamentary elections, Suu Kyi formally registered to contest a Pyithu Hluttaw (lower house) seat in the Kawhmu Township constituency.
• On 1 April 2012, she won her seat and her party won 43 of the 45 contested seats and she became the official Leader of the Opposition in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
• On 2 May 2012, she took her oath and took office.
• On 9 July 2012, Suu Kyi entered the Parliament for the first time as a lawmaker.
• On 6 July 2012, she announced to run for the presidency in Myanmar's 2015 elections. However, she was constitutionally barred for the presidency.
• In the President Htin Kyaw government, she took over the roles of President's Office Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister, Electric Power and Energy Minister and Education Minister.
• on 1 April 2016, she was appointed the State Counsellor (a post created by Htin Kyaw for Suu Kyi) of Myanmar.
• On 1 February 2021, she was arrested following a military coup.
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 6”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 62 kg
in Pounds- 137 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth19 June 1945 (Tuesday)
Age (as of 2023)78 Years
BirthplaceRangoon, British Burma (now Yangon)
Zodiac signGemini
HometownRangoon, British Burma (now Yangon), Myanmar
SchoolBasic Education High School No. 1 Dagon, Yangon, Myanmar
CollegeUniversity of Delhi
St Hugh's College, Oxford
SOAS, University of London
DebutOn 27 September 1988, when she founded a political party- National League for Democracy (NLD)
FamilyFather- Aung San (Politician and Burmese Freedom Fighter)
Mother- Khin Kyi
Brother- Aung San Lin, Aung San Oo
Sisters- N/A
Address54 University Avenue, Yangon, Myanmar
ReligionTheravada Buddhist
HobbiesTraveling, Reading, Cooking, Yoga, Interest in Modern Art
Controversies• She was widely criticized for not taking a clear stand over the 2015 Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Myanmar. Rohingyas are considered “stateless entities” in Myanmar. Rohingya is a Muslim minority group residing in Arakan (now known as Rakhine State). They are facing sporadic massacres, "ghettoisation", rapes and restricted movements.

• On 6 December 2021, she was sentenced to four years in prison by a special court in Myanmar’s capital after she was found guilty of incitement and violating Coronavirus restrictions. It was her first sentencing since the army seized power on 1 February 2021. [1]The Hindu Although the military-installed government had halved her four-year sentence, a court in Myanmar sentenced her four more years in prison on 10 January 2021 after she was found guilty of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions. [2]The Hindu On 27 April 2022, a military-ruled court in Myanmar convicted her of corruption and sentenced her to five years in prison. [3]The Hindu

• On 2 May 2022, she was charged in a corruption case for allegedly taking $550,000 in bribes from a construction magnate. She was charged with two counts under the country's the Anti-Corruption Act, with each count punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine. [4]The Hindu

• In June 2022, she was transferred to a prison in Naypyidaw, where she was held in solitary confinement. Reportedly, this was in connection to the 11 corruption charges that she faces, and each of which carries a possible sentence of up to 15 years. [5]The Telegraph On 24 July 2023, she was released from the prison and moved to house arrest; she was taken to a government building in Nay Pyi Taw. [6]BBC

• On 29 September 2022, a court in Myanmar sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi and her former economic adviser, Australian Sean Turnell, to three years in prison for violating the official secrets act. [7]The Hindu
PoliticianMahatma Gandhi
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusWidow
HusbandLate Michael Aris, Historian
Marriage Datem. 1972–1999
ChildrenSon- Alex
Daughter- Kim


Some Lesser Known Facts About Aung San Suu Kyi

  • She was born in a small village, Hmway Saung, outside Rangoon.
  • Her name is derived from her 3 relatives- “Aung San” from her father, “Suu” from her paternal grandmother, and “Kyi” from her mother.
  • Her father was commander of the Burma Independence Army and helped negotiate Burma’s independence from Britain. He is also known as the Father of the Nation in Myanmar.
  • Her father was assassinated on 19 July 1947.
  • Her mother, Ma Khin Kyi, was a diplomat and also served as an Ambassador to India.
  • She received her education in Myanmar and India.
  • In 1960, she moved to England to study at Oxford University.
  • From 1969 to 1971, she worked as the Assistant Secretary for the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions at the United Nations in New York.
  • In 1987, she became a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Simla, India.
  • In 1988, she returned to Myanmar after her mother suffered a severe stroke.
  • On 15 August 1988, she requested the military-controlled government for multiparty elections.
  • She first time made a public address outside the Shwedagon Pagoda on 26 August 1988 and called for a multiparty democratic government.

  • On 24 September 1988, she co-founded the National League for Democracy (NLD) and was appointed its General Secretary.
  • On 20 July 1989, she was put under house arrest for charges to divide the military.
  • On 10 July 1991, she was awarded Sakharov human rights prize by the European Parliament. aung-san-suu-kyi-with-sekharov-prize
  • On 14 October 1991, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • On 10 July 1995, she was released from house arrest on the conditions that she would restrict her political activities.
  • On 23 September 2000, she was again put under house arrest.
  • On 6 December 2000, Bill Clinton (the then President of the United States) awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • On 6 May 2002, she was released from house arrest.
  • On 30 May 2003, she was again put under house arrest.
  • On 14 May 2009, she was arrested for violating the norms of house arrest.
  • On 11 August 2009, she was sentenced to 18 more months of home confinement.
  • On 13 November 2010, she was released from house arrest spending 15 of the last 21 years under house arrest.
  • In November 2010, her son Kim Aris met his mother for the first time in 10 years. On 5 July 2011, he again visited her and accompanied her on a trip to Bagan, which was her 1st trip outside Yangon since 2003.
  • On 1 April 2012, she won a seat in Parliament.
  • In 2012, she was featured on the cover of Miss Magazine. aung-san-suu-kyi-on-miss-magazine
  • On 16 June 2012, she accepted her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo and delivered an acceptance speech.

  • On 21 June 2012, she addressed both houses of the British parliament.

  • On 19 November 2012, in the first visit of any sitting US President to Myanmar, Barack Obama (the then President of the United States) met her at her lakeside Villa where she spent years under house arrest.
  • She is referred to as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by the Burmese.  Daw means “Aunt” and is a Burmese honorific for any older and revered woman (just like “Madame”).