Ani Yudhoyono

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Ani Yudhoyono
Ani Yudhoyono.jpg
6th First Lady of Indonesia
In role
20 October 2004 – 20 October 2014
PresidentSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Preceded byTaufiq Kiemas (as First Gentleman)
Succeeded byIriana
Personal details
Kristiani Herrawati

(1952-07-06)6 July 1952
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Died1 June 2019(2019-06-01) (aged 66)
Resting placeKalibata Heroes Cemetery
MotherSunarti Sri Hadiyah
FatherSarwo Edhie Wibowo
RelativesPramono Edhie Wibowo (brother)
EducationIndonesia Open University

Kristiani Herrawati Yudhoyono[1] (6 July 1952 – 1 June 2019), popularly known as Ani Yudhoyono,[2] was the wife of former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady of Indonesia from 2004 until 2014.[1][2]

Family and education[edit]

Kristiani Herrawati was born on 6 July 1952 in Yogyakarta, to Lt. Gen. (ret.) Sarwo Edhie Wibowo and Sunarti Sri Hadiyah. She was the third child of seven siblings.[3]

In 1973, she became a medical student at the Christian University of Indonesia, but in the third year she followed her father who was appointed as an ambassador to South Korea. She subsequently married Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) in 1976.[4] Ani later continued studying at Terbuka University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science in 1998.[5]


Yudhoyono's political activities included her appointment as vice chairman of the Democratic Party. She campaigned for the successful election of her husband for President of the Republic of Indonesia in 2004. Prior to this, she was active in various women's social organizations during SBY's term as minister under Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Soekarnoputri.[6]

Following her husband's election to the presidency, she organised polio immunisation campaigns[7] and Mobil Pintar (Smart Cars), where vans are filled with books for children to read.[8] In 2013, it surfaced that Australian intelligence had been tapping her mobile phone as part of a row between Indonesia and Australia.[9] Also in December that year, she was mentioned in a WikiLeaks diplomatic cable, which accused her of actively influencing her husband on political affairs.[10]

In 2007, a rare Papuan butterfly species was named after her. She was presented with a specimen of the butterfly Delias kristianiae which she donated to a museum.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Yudhoyono was a gardening enthusiast with a particular fondness for orchids,[6] and as part of diplomatic tradition, an orchid variety in Singapore is named after her.[12] On her 61st birthday, she launched two books on the botanic collection at the Cipanas Palace and multiple Indonesian Botanical Gardens, in which some of her photographs were included.[13]

Yudhoyono enjoyed photography, which made her into a popular, and unlikely, Instagram star for Indonesians. She had attracted more than 6.4 million Instagram followers at the time of her death in June 2019.[1]


Yudhoyono died of leukemia on 1 June 2019 late morning, after undergoing treatment for nearly four months in the National University Hospital, Singapore. She was 66.[14][15]

Her remains were flown from Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore to Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, East Jakarta on 1 June 2019 evening.[1] The final funeral prayers were held at her private home in Cikeas, West Java, the following morning and noon, before the burial at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta in the afternoon.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e . Jakarta Globe. 1 June 2019. Archived from the original on 1 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b Suhartono, Harry (1 June 2019). . Bloomberg News. Archived from the original on 1 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  3. ^ Garda Maeswara (2009). Biografi politik Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (in Indonesian). Penerbit Narasi. p. 205. ISBN 9789791681759.
  4. ^ Soempeno, Femi Adi (2009). Indonesia memilih (in Indonesian). Galangpress Group. p. 137, 150. ISBN 9786028174244.
  5. ^ Mediatama, Grahanusa (1 December 2013). . Kontan (in Indonesian). Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b Maeswara, Garda (2010). Cikeas menjawab: tentang yayasan-yayasan Cikeas, tim sukses SBY-Boediono, dan skandal Bank Century (in Indonesian). Penerbit Narasi. p. 60-61. ISBN 9789791682060.
  7. ^ . Tempo (in Indonesian). 28 June 2005. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  8. ^ . liputan6,com (in Indonesian). 18 May 2005. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  9. ^ Wright, Jessica (21 November 2013). '". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  10. ^ . Suara Pembaruan (in Indonesian). 16 December 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  11. ^ Rare butterfly species named after Indonesian first lady. The Daily Star. 14 November 2007
  12. ^ Syafirdi, Didi (29 July 2015). . Merdeka (in Indonesian). Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  13. ^ (in Indonesian). LIPI. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  14. ^ Dyaning Pangestika (1 June 2019). . The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  15. ^ . Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. 1 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Taufiq Kiemas
First Lady of Indonesia
20 October 2004 – 20 October 2014
Succeeded by