|Ranil Wickremesinghe Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||March 24, 1949|
Ranil Wickremesinghe is a Sri Lankan politician who served as the country’s prime minister from May 1993 to August 1994, December 2001 to April 2004, January 2015 to October 2018, and from December 2018 to November 2019. In May 2022, amid the unprecedented economic crisis that Sri Lanka was facing, he was appointed the prime minister of the country again but resigned in July 2022. He also served as the leader of the opposition in the country’s parliament from October 1994 to October 2001 and from April 2004 to January 2015. He has served as the leader of the United National Party, a center-right political party in Sri Lanka, since 1994.
Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka
115, Fifth Lane, Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka
Ranil had attended the Royal Preparatory School in Colombo. He had later studied at the Royal College, Colombo, a selective entry boys’ school located in Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo.
After his high school graduation, he joined the Faculty of Law at the Colombo campus of the University of Ceylon, the only university in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon) from 1942 until 1972. He had completed his law exams at the Ceylon Law College, a law college in Colombo.
- Father – Esmond Wickremesinghe (Press Baron, Lawyer, Entrepreneur) (d. September 1985)
- Mother – Nalini Wickremesinghe (née Wijewardena) (d. 2011)
- Siblings – Shan Wickremasinghe (Brother) (Media Mogul, Broadcaster, Founder of Sri Lanka’s first TV station, Independent Television Network), Kshanika Wickremesinghe (Sister), Channa Wickremesinghe (Brother) (Businessman), Niraj Wickremesinghe (Brother)
- Others – Cyril Leonard Wickremesinghe (Paternal Grandfather) (Member of the Ceylon Civil Service, the premier civil service of the Government of Ceylon under British colonial rule), Esmie Moonemalle Wickremesinghe (née Goonewardene) (Paternal Grandmother), D. R. Wijewardena (Maternal Grandfather) (Press Baron, Entrepreneur), Alice Gertrude Ruby Meedeniya (Maternal Grandmother), Lakshman Wickremasinghe (Paternal Uncle) (Bishop, Human Rights Activist) (d. October 1983), Ruwan Wijewardene (Cousin) (Politician, Former State Minister of Defence, Former Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament), Wasantha Senanayake (Cousin) (Politician, Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament), Amari Wijewardene (Aunt) (Politician, Diplomat, Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom), Shiranee Wickremasinghe (née Bandaratilaka) (Mother-in-Law), Senevi B. Wickremasinghe (Father-in-Law) (Deceased)
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
84 kg or 185 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Ranil has dated –
- Maitree Wickremasinghe (1994-Present) – Ranil got married to Sri Lankan academic Maitree Wickremasinghe in 1994. He has made concerted efforts to keep his private life out of the public eye and his personal life is rarely discussed in the media.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Sri Lankan descent.
- Stocky frame
- Side-parted hair
- Clean-shaven look
- Puffy face
Ranil Wickremesinghe Facts
- Ranil, after completing his law exams, had taken oath as an advocate in 1972. He became an Attorney at law following the changes to the legal profession in 1973.
- He entered active politics in the mid-1970s and was first elected to Sri Lanka’s parliament in the 1977 parliamentary elections. He was appointed the deputy to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
- In October 1977, he was appointed as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Employment, becoming the youngest cabinet minister in Sri Lankan history. He held the post until February 1980.
- In February 1980, he was appointed as the Minister of Education. He stayed in that office until January 1989.
- In February 1989, he was appointed as the Minister of Industry, Science, and Technology as well as the leader of the house of the Sri Lankan parliament. He held that ministry until May 1993 which was when he became Sri Lanka’s prime minister for the first time.
- In February 2017, in recognition of his significant contributions to reforms in Sri Lanka’s economy, education, and human rights, Ranil received an honorary doctorate from Deakin University, a public university in Victoria, Australia.
- In July 2022, Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned from his position as Sri Lankan PM amid the deteriorating economic crisis. He had taken the oath as PM in May 2022. In this way, he made way for an all-party government.
- After then-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned, Ranil was sworn in as the interim President of Sri Lanka on July 15, 2022, until the elections on July 20, 2022. After the elections, he was elected as the new full-term President.
Featured Image by Ranil Wickremesinghe / Instagram