Neiphiu Rio Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 72 Years
Religion: Christianity
Wife: Kaisa Rio

Neiphiu Rio

Political PartyNationalist Democratic Progressive Party
Political Journey1989: Picked as a Congress candidate to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly from the Northern Angami-II constituency and appointed the minister of sports, school education, arts & culture, and higher education
1984-1987: Served as a chairman of Northern Area Angami Council
1993: Became a member of the All India Congress Committee
1993: Appointed as the Minister for Works & Housing
1998: Appointed as the Home Minister of Nagaland
2002: In September, resigned from the Nagaland Home Ministry
2002: In November, resigned from the Nagaland Legislative Assembly
2003: On 6 March, sworn as the Chief Minister of Nagaland
2008: On 3 January, dismissed from the post of Chief Minister; after President's imposed ruling in Nagaland. On 12 March, reelected to the assembly as a leader of the DAN, and appointed as the Chief Minister of Nagaland
2013: Re-elected as the Nagaland Chief Minister for a third term
2014: In September, appointed as a member of Consultative Committee, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region
2014-2016: A member of the Standing Committee on Coal and Steel 
2014-2018: A member of the Committee on Public Accounts
2015-2018: A member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture 
2018: Became the Chief Minister of Nagaland after TR Zeliang.
2023: Took oath as the Chief Minister of Nagaland for the fifth term [1]The Hindu
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet inches- 5’ 6”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143.3 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack (Semi Bald)
Personal Life
Date of Birth11 November 1950
Age (as of 2022) 72 Years
BirthplaceTuophema, Kohima (Nagaland)
Zodiac signScorpio
HometownKohima, Assam
SchoolBaptist English School, Kohima
Sainik School, Purulia, West Bengal
College/UniversitySt Joseph's College, Darjeeling
Arts College, Kohima
Educational QualificationGraduation (BA)
AddressVill. Tuophema Basa, Kohima-797001, Nagaland
HobbiesGardening, Music, Reading, Travelling and playing tennis
Awards/Honours/Achievements The Mother Teresa Millennium award 2007 (for exceptional leadership and contributions to the politics in Kolkata)
ControversiesCorruption allegations have been made against him for illegally siphoning government funds.
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date23 August 1975
ParentsFather- Late Shri Guolhoulie Rio
Mother- Smt. Kevilhou Rio
BrotherZhaleo Rio (Deputy Commissioner of Kohima)
Wife/SpouseKaisa Rio
ChildrenSon- One
Daughters- Five
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.) Rs 30 crore

Neiphiu Rio

Some Lesser Known Facts About Neiphiu Rio

  • He has been appointed as the chief minister of Nagaland for three times (2003–08, 2008–13 and 2013–14).
  • He belongs to the Angami Naga tribe.
  • He joined politics at an early age.
  • In 1974, he has worked as the President of Kohima United Democratic Front (UDF) Youth Wing.
  • He has also designated the Vice President of Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland.
  • He also worked as the chairman of Nagaland industrial development corporation, khadi & village industries board, and development authority of Nagaland.
  • On 30 May 1995, he has survived a sudden attack by some armed persons at Dimapur. His driver was killed, whereas his bodyguards were injured in this attack.
  • In 2002, he resigned from the post of Nagaland’s Home Minister due to the negligence of the negotiated settlement of the Naga issues by Chief Minister S. C. Jamir.
  • In November 2002, with the help of Naga people’s front party, he formed the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) and won the 2003 state elections.
  • He is interested in the areas of environmental protection, and biodiversity.
  • He has been the President of Nagaland Cricket Association and Olympic Association, Archery.
  • He promotes culture, sports, creative fields like art, music and also supports youth empowerment.