Suharto established his name in the history of Indonesia as the country’s longest serving president. He took over the presidency after a coup d’etat in 1967 and ruled for over three decades. He would be remembered for introducing the "de-Sukarnoization" campaign which sought to minimize the influence of his predecessor, Sukarno.
Mostly described as a dictator, Suharto labelled his tenure as the "New Order". He’s credit for improving the economy, educational, and manufacturing sector of the country.
In 1940, he joined the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army where he served as a sergeant. Three years later, he became a member of PETA which was organized by the Japanese. After the country’s independence in 1945, he was named as the deputy commander of the newly-established Indonesian army.
From 1956 to 1959, he worked as the leader of the army’s Diponegoro Division. He became the major general in 1962 and led the Operation Mandala.
He was the son of Sukirah and Kertosudiro. He was married to Siti Hartinah until her death in 1996. His children include Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana, Hutomo Mandala Putra, and Siti Hediati Hariyadi.
Throughout his service, he received many medals including Star of the Republic of Indonesia, Royal Family Order of the Crown of Brunei, and National Order of the Legion of Honour (France).
Transparency International named him at number one on its “corrupt leaders” list.
His family was estimated at US$15 billion in 1999 by Time Asia.
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F.A.Q. about Suharto
When is his birthday?
Suharto's birthday is on June 8, 1921.
In how many days is his birthday?
Suharto's birthday is in 192 days
How old was Suharto when he died?
He was 86 years old.
When did he die?
He died in January 27, 2008.
How old would he be today?
Suharto would be 100 years old if he was alive today.
Where was Suharto from?
He was born in Kemusuk, Dutch East Indies.
Suharto was a famous Indonesian soldier and politician, 2nd President of Indonesia, who was born on June 8, 1921. As a person born on this date, Suharto is listed in our database as the 38th most popular celebrity for the day (June 8) and the 19th most popular for the year (1921).
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