25Neiphiu Rio



Neiphiu Rio (born 11 November 1950) is a Naga politician. He is the current Chief Minister of Nagaland. Rio has also served as Chief Minister for three separate terms (2003–08, 2008–13 and 2013–14), making him the only Nagaland Chief Minister to have served three consecutive terms. He was a Member of Parliament from Nagaland in Lok Sabha.

Early life and education

Rio is the son of Late Guolhoulie Rio of Tuophema village in Kohima District and belongs to the Angami Naga tribe. He received his early education from Baptist English School, Kohima and Sainik School, Purulia, West Bengal. He attended college at St Joseph's College, Darjeeling and later graduated from Kohima Arts College.

An active student leader during his School and College days, Rio entered politics at a very young age. He had headed many prestigious organizations before becoming the Chief Minister of Nagaland. He served as the President of Kohima District United Democratic Front (UDF) Youth Wing in 1974. He was also appointed as the Chairman of Northern Angami Area Council in 1984. He also had been the honorary Vice President of Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland branch.

Personal life

Rio is married to Kaisa Rio, and they have five daughters and one son.


S/o|D/o|W/o: Late Guolhoulie
Age: 67
Address: R/O Tuophema Village (Basa), Kohima, Nagaland

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