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Billionaire businessman Boonchai Bencharongkul was formally engaged yesterday to movie star Bongkot "Tak" Kongmalai in a ceremony held at his art museum. The wedding date is still uncertain. 

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Billionaire businessman Boonchai Bencharongkul and star Bongkot "Tak" Kongmalai show off her three-carat diamond engagement ring yesterday. APICHIT JINAKUL


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"We are very different. I'm a businessman, and she's an actress, with a large age gap between us," admitted billionaire Boonchai Bencharongkul at his engagement ceremony with movie star Bongkot "Tak" Kongmalai, best known for her erotic roles.

The 58-year-old founder of Total Access Communication PLC, operating under the Dtac brand, is 31 years older than his fiancée.

But they do have things in common Tak has said previously. She said she fell for Mr Boonchai because of a mutual love of art and because he is a sensitive person who loves his family and is grateful to his parents.

Boonchai’s love of art, his sensitivity, his love of family and gratefulness to his parents were the key factors in winning her heart, Tak says. Money was never a consideration. APICHIT JINAKUL

His money had nothing to do with it, she told sceptical reporters in an earlier interview. In fact, she had no idea Mr Boonchai was a billionaire when they met and she would not have associated with him if she had known about that.

Tak’s mother, Thanapa Kongmalai, agreed. "Money isn't a factor. They're in love and that's enough," she said yesterday.

Mrs Thanapa also said the wedding was likely to take place next year.

Mr Boonchai sounded less certain.

"I hope to marry in the New Year, though I haven't really thought about it. Nor have I thought about whether to have kids,” he said yesterday

"For now, we are engaged. That's a way of telling the world that we're together. It's a way of paying respect to each other," he said.

Yesterday’s ceremony took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Moca) owned by Mr Boonchai. He presented his fiancée with a three-carat diamond ring.

Mr Boonchai, a father of five, has had five previous wives. His fifth ex-wife is also a former actress, Benja Baramee.

He and his family ranked 13th in Forbes magazine's "Thailand's 40 Richest 2012'' list released recently, with assets of about US$990 million.

Adapted from a story from bangkokpost.com

billionaire – having more than a billion dollars (or a billion baht in Thailand) คนที่รวยมากๆ มีทรัพย์สินพันล้านดอลล่าร์
engagement – an agreement to marry somebody; the period during which two people are engaged  การหมั้น
gap – a difference, usually large, between people or groups ช่องว่าง
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it  ยอมรับ
erotic – showing or involving sexual desire and pleasure; intended to make somebody feel sexual desire  ซึ่งกระตุ้นความรู้สึกทางเพศ
role – an actor's part in a film or play บทละคร
founder – a person who establishes an institution, business, or organization ผู้ก่อตั้ง
brand – a type of product or service from a particular company ตรา, ยี่ห้อ
fiancée – the woman that a man is engaged to, i.e., the woman he has promised to marry คู่หมั้นหญิง
in common – shared, e.g., interests, experiences or other characteristics
fall for – to be strongly attracted to somebody; to fall in love with somebody หลงรัก
mutual – felt or done in the same way by each of two or more people ซึ่งกันและกัน, ร่วมกัน, ทั้งสองฝ่าย
sensitive – aware of and able to understand other people and their feelings ซึ่งรู้สึกไว, ซึ่งตอบสนองได้ง่าย
grateful – a feeling that you want thank someone because they have given you something or done something for you สำนึกบุญคุณ
key – most important  ที่สำคัญ
factor – a fact or situation which influences the result of something ปัจจัย
consideration – something that must be thought about when you are planning or deciding something สิ่งที่ควรพิจารณา
sceptical – having doubts about something that other people think is true or right สงสัย
reporter – someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
associate with – to spend time with somebody ร่วมกับ
wedding – a marriage ceremony, and the meal or party that usually follows it การสมรส
respect – a feeling of admiration that you have for someone because of their personal qualities, their achievements, or their status, and that you show by treating them in a polite and kind way ความเคารพ, ความนับถือ
museum – a building where objects of historical, scientific or artistic interest are kept พิพิธภัณฑ์
contemporary – belonging to the present time ที่อยู่ในปัจจุบัน, ทันสมัย
carat – a unit for measuring the weight of diamonds and other precious stones, equal to 200 milligrams กะรัต, หน่วยน้ำหนักของเพชรเท่ากับ 200 มิลลิกรัม
assets – things owned by a person, company etc., particularly money and property ทรัพย์สิน

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