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Ani Yudhoyono
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Yudhoyono in 2009
First Lady of Indonesia
In role
20 October 2004 – 20 October 2014
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Preceded by Taufiq Kiemas (as First Gentleman)
Succeeded by Iriana
Personal details
Kristiani Herrawati

(1952-07-06)6 July 1952
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Died 1 June 2019(2019-06-01) (aged 66)
Resting place Kalibata Heroes Cemetery
(m. 1976)
  • Agus
  • Edhie
  • Sarwo Edhie Wibowo (father)
  • Sunarti Sri Hadiyah (mother)
Relatives Pramono Edhie Wibowo (brother)
Education Indonesia Open University

'Kristiani Herrawati Yudhoyono (6 July 1952 – 1 June 2019), more commonly known as Ani Yudhoyono,' was an Indonesian political scientist, who was the wife of former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady of Indonesia from 2004 until 2014.

Family and education

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.

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 an ambassador to South Korea. She subsequently married Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) in 1976. Ani later continued studying at Terbuka University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1998.


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.

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

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.

Personal life

Yudhoyono was a gardening enthusiast with a particular fondness for orchids, and as part of diplomatic tradition, an orchid variety in Singapore is named after her. 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.

Yudhoyono was an avid photographer. Most of her photography works were posted on her Instagram account, which has attracted more than 6.4 million followers at the time of her death in June 2019.


Yudhoyono died of leukemia on the morning of 1 June 2019, after undergoing treatment for nearly four months in the National University Hospital, Singapore at the age of 66.

Her remains were flown from Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore to Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, East Jakarta on the same evening. Funeral prayers were held at her private home in Cikeas, West Java, the following day, before burial at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta that afternoon.

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