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9 Youngest in Their Fields

Youngest Tibetan Buddhist Monarch

In southern Asia, there's a tiny, mountainous country called Bhutan. In 1972, Jigme Singye Wangchuck became the "Druk Gyalpo," or "Dragon King," of the tiny country at age 17, making him the youngest monarch in the world. He remained in power until December 2006, when he handed the throne to his eldest son.