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Food tycoon Dhanin’s older brothers share in wealth

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Dhanin Chearavanont was known for years as Thailand’s second-richest man. As the chairman and public face of Charoen Pokphand Group, the country’s largest agricultural company, Mr Dhanin was credited with a $12.3 billion fortune for managing his family’s interests in more than a dozen publicly traded companies, including a Thai mobile phone operator and the country’s 7-Eleven chain. 

Dhanin Chearavanont, chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group, reviews the family and business history at the company's 60th anniversary last year. His three older brothers hold nearly equal stakes in the family-run company, but have long stayed off-camera and out of the limelight.

Regulatory filings with the Stock Exchange of Thailand show his lesser-known older brothers are also billionaires and share in the family's wealth. Mr Dhanin, 75, and his siblings Jaran Chiaravanont, Montri Jiaravanont and Sumet Jiaravanon have almost equal stakes in Charoen Pokphand, according to the filings.

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