The Most Interesting Person I’ve Never Heard Of

Props to Mother of tdaxp, who mentioned to me to the most interesting person I’ve never heard of, King-Father Prince Norodom Sihanouk:

Norodom Sihanouk – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
King-Father Norodom Sihanouk (Khmer: Mul script ; regular script ; born October 31, 1922), King of Cambodia until his abdication on October 7, 2004, is now “King-Father (Khmer: Preahmâhaviraksat, see Names and titles section below) of Cambodia,” a position in which he retains many of his former prerogatives as constitutional king.

The son of King Norodom Suramarit and Queen Sisowath Kossamak, Sihanouk has held so many positions since 1941 that the Guinness Book of World Records identifies him as the politician who has occupied the world’s greatest variety of political offices. These included two terms as king, two as sovereign prince, one as president, two as prime minister, and one as Cambodia’s non-titled head of state, as well as numerous positions as leader of various governments-in-exile.

Most of these positions were only honorific, including the last position as constitutional king of Cambodia. Norodom Sihanouk’s actual period of effective rule over Cambodia was from November 9, 1953 (full independence granted to Cambodia) to March 18, 1970 (Lon Nol and the National Assembly depose Sihanouk).

He is also well credited as a film director directing films such as An Ambition Reduced to Ashes and The Last Days of Colonel Savath (1995) .