Sonam Wangchuk Age, Height, Weight, Wife, Family, Net Worth & More

Sonam Wangchuk is the personality that inspired the fictional character of Phunsukh Wangdu in the blockbuster Bollywood film ‘3 Idiots.’ Sonam Wangchuk is a Ladakh-based engineer who has contributed significantly to technological revolutions in the field of education and learning.

His work continues to be a source of inspiration to millions across the globe. Wangchuk is also a philanthropist who has worked hard to bring learning-oriented and skill-based education to Ladakh.

Sonam Wangchuk Age, Height, Weight, Wife, Family, Net Worth & More


Full NameSonam Wangchuk
Nick NameSnow Warrior
ProfessionEngineer, Innovator

Personal Life

Date of Birth1 September 1966 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2024)58 years old
BirthplaceUley Tokpo, Ladakh, India
Zodiac SignVirgo
HometownLadakh, India
ReligionNot Known
SchoolVishesh Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi
College/UniversityNational Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar CRAterre School of Architecture, Grenoble, France
Education QualificationB.Tech in Mechanical Engineering Masters in Earthen Architecture


He was born in 1966 in Uleytokpo, near Alchi in the Leh district of Ladakh. Sonam Wangchuk’s age is 57 years old as of 2024.


WifeNot Known
ChildrenSon: Not Known
Daughter: Not Known
ParentsFather: Sonam Wangyal (former politician) Mother: Not known
SiblingsBrother: Not Known
Sister:  Not Known

Relationships & More

Marital StatusNot Known
Marriage DateNot known
Affairs/GirlfriendNot Known

Physical Stats & More

Height (approx)In centimeters- 172 cm
In meters- 1.72 m
In feet inches- 5’8”
Weight (approx)In kilograms- 71 kg
In pounds- 157 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Measurement’sNot known

Net Worth

Net Worth in 2024$10 Million (Approx)
Net Worth in Indian RupeesINR- 80 Crore (Approx)
Sonam Wangchuk Age, Height, Weight, Wife, Family, Net Worth & More

Some Lesser Facts

  • In late 2013, Wangchuk invented and built a prototype of the Ice Stupa, which is an artificial glacier that stores the wasting-stream-water during the winter in the form of giant ice cones or stupas and releases the water during spring, which is a very vital season for the local farmers.
  • It is believed that Aamir Khan’s Phunsuk Wangdu character in the 2009 blockbuster movie- 3 Idiots was inspired by him.
  • In 2005, he was appointed as a member of the National Governing Council for Elementary Education in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
  • In 1994, Wangchuk played an important role in the launch of Operation- New Hope, a triangular collaboration of government, village communities, and civil society to bring reforms in the government schools system. This movement led to raising the all-important 10th-grade exam results in the region from 5% success to eventually 75%.
  • Although his father wanted him to become a Civil Engineer, Wangchuk opted for Mechanical Engineering. Infuriated by Wangchuk’s decision, his father refused to pay the fee for the course. Wangchuk then gave tuition to 10th-standard students to finance his engineering course at NIT Srinagar.
  • In 1977, Wangchuk left for Delhi, where he got admission to Vishesh Kendriya, a free residential government-run school for children from the border areas.
  • Wangchuk then got admission to a school, which was a few kilometers away from his home. However, he could only spend a few months there as the language to which the teachers and students resorted wasn’t known to him.
  • Wangchuk was born in a tiny village of 5 households. Because of the lack of schools in the vicinity, his mother taught him all the basics in his mother tongue until the age of 8.

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