The corporate that runs the yearly Miss Universe pageant has been bought in a multi-million greenback deal by a transgender Thai movie star, who voiced hopes the group will assist enhance her nation’s tourism trade and encourage different younger girls. 

Jakapong ‘Anne’ Jakrajutatip, the CEO and high shareholder at worldwide conglomerate JKN World Group, accomplished the acquisition of the Miss Universe Group earlier this week for $20 million, saying the corporate will make for “a powerful, strategic addition to our portfolio.” 

“It’s a common platform… I can develop into the aspiration for thus many individuals, specifically girls, LGBTQ, to allow them to remodel,” she told Reuters on Thursday.

Organized yearly, the wonder pageant has been operating for 71 years and is broadcast to 165 nations. Jakapong stated she believes that “each nation” concerned, not solely Thailand, “will get tourism revenue” from the mission, including that it’ll match into her nation’s “5 F-factors” tourism initiative (preventing, meals, style, movie and competition).

JKN World Group – which produces tv reveals, movies and a variety of different merchandise – stated it created a US-based subsidiary, JKN Metaverse, to function the Miss Universe Group.

Along with her enterprise roles, Jakapong has attained some movie star standing starring in Thai actuality reveals, together with native iterations of ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘Venture Runway.’ She has additionally entered the world of activism, having established the Life Impressed For Thailand Basis to advocate on behalf of different transgender folks.

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