The game changers
Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong is perhaps at the top of the list for newsmaker of the year.
Kittiratt: First in the line of fire
He entered the political arena at the same time as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Both had no experience in managing public policies, yet they have worked alongside each other since the government took office.
As deputy prime minister and finance minister, Mr Kittiratt oversees economic affairs and has played a major role in driving the country with pro-growth policies.
Since the start of 2012, he has dominated the headlines with his attempts to ease public debt by passing 1.14 trillion baht in bailout debts for financial institutions to the Bank of Thailand, saying the central bank was best positioned to carry these obligations.
Governor Prasarn Triratvorakul unsurprisingly disagreed, saying the central bank has actually had a red balance sheet for years.
Despite public criticism that he has intervened in an independent agency, Mr Kittiratt has continued to criticise the central bank's monetary policy, calling on it to cut policy rates at a time when the bank was worried about inflation.
He is also in charge of the government's controversial rice pledging scheme and other Pheu Thai Party policies such as the first-time car buyer scheme, debt moratorium and others.
In August, Mr Kittiratt _ a former broker, president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand and Thai national football team manager _ became the biggest newsmaker of the year when he confessed publicly that a target of 15% export growth was a well-intended "white lie" aimed at restoring investors' confidence.