Thaksin to sell Shin stake to son
September 6, 2000
eyes cast to the political future, Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojamarn have
agreed to sell most of their 35-per-cent stake in their telecom empire Shin Corps Plc to
their son, Phanthongthae, and to Pojamarn's brother.
stake in Shin Corps will be worth Bt13.2 billion,
making him Thailand's richest heir.
turned 21 earlier this year.
sale of his Shin Corps holdings is being done to comply with electoral laws that
prevent Cabinet members from owning more than 5 per cent of
any company, or any stake in any company that might pose a conflict of interest
while in public office.
hopes to be the next prime minister.
his wife have agreed to transfer a 24.9-per-cent stake, or about 73.3 million
shares, in Shin Corps to Panthongthae, according to a joint filing with the
Securities and Exchange Commission.
transaction price is Bt10 per share,
compared |with the market price of Bt178.
Pojamarn will sell another 10 per cent of
Shin Corps, or about 26.8 million
shares, to Bannpoj Damapong, Pojamarn's brother, also for Bt10 per share.
Bannpoj will hold 13.7 per cent, or
40.4 million shares, of Shin
Corps worth Bt7.2 billion.
wealth is concentrated in Shin Corps, his telecom flagship, and its subsidiary,
Advanced Information Services, the country's largest mobile-phone operator.
net worth is estimated at Bt50 billion.
Thaksin and his wife will hold 2 to 3 per cent of
Shin Corps after the deals are completed.
Political sources said Thaksin needs to
divest his business interests ahead of the general election later this year to
comply with electoral laws.
"Khun Thaksin |has set his
sights for the long haul.
knows that he'll be in big politics, so it is necessary that he does everything
to comply with the law," said a
political source from the Thai Rak Thai Party.
There are two relevant laws. The first, passed last
year, prohibits a Cabinet member from holding more than 5 per cent of a company's share capital.
allows Cabinet members to transfer their holdings into a blind trust or mutual-fund company.
law, Article 100 of the National Counter
Corruption Commission Act, prevents Cabinet members from holding an interest in
any company that might benefit from his or her public office.