The quasi-media-pretender-turned politician has put himself in the hot seat as the government's opponents are consistently trying to unseat him for alleged lese majeste and abusing his power by interfering in the affairs of government-run media.
One would never imagine that just by a few years ago, well-dressed, slick-haired, fence-sitting Jakrapob would throw away his thick eyeglasses and began to make more enemies than friends after he decided to turn himself into an outspoken protector of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Jakrapob paved his route into politics shortly after the Apec summit was hosted in Thailand in 2003. Impressed with Jakrapob's performance as a television host during the summit, Thaksin asked him to serve as government spokesperson.
Observers, on the other hand, were impressed with Jakrapob's ability to go on talking hour after hour without stopping, in spite of the fact that what he said did not contain much substance.
In the political arena, Jakrapob developed a reputation for being outspoken, mainly because he was always prepared to speak out against journalists, even on behalf of other government officials.
In a position that is traditionally reserved for those who were "first to speak but last to know", Jakrapob broke ranks because he thought he knew it all.
And when Jakrapob publicly declared that the European Union had agreed to restore preferential tariffs for Thai shrimp exports in exchange for the purchase of Airbus aircraft, Thaksin had to tell him to put a lid on it. The young man in a hurry, apparently, had jumped the gun.
Soon afterwards, he made a blunder when he violated diplomatic protocol by announcing the ouster of former Burmese prime minister Khin Nyunt when in fact Rangoon had yet to say anything on the matter.
Jakrapob ran for a House seat for the Bangkok Noi district under the Thai Rak Thai Party banner in the 2005 election, but failed. However, Thaksin appointed him as deputy secretary-general to the prime minister.
Following Thaksin's decision to dissolve Parliament in February 2006, Jakrapob re-launched his Bangkok campaign. But this time, he ran in the business district of Bangrak despite the election boycott of three opposition parties - the Democrats, Chart Thai and Mahachon.
He won the poll but failed to get into Parliament as the Constitution Court cancelled the poll due to illegal management by the Election Commission.
However, the campaign was most memorable for Jakrapob. Some anti-Thaksin groups verbally attacked Thaksin, shouting: "Thaksin, Get Out!" while he had been campaigning for Jakrapob. Still, his loyalty for Thaksin, the man he once referred to as "Dear Leader" at a Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand function, never waned.
Then, military leaders ousted Thaksin in the September 19,2006 coup, when Jakrapob vanished from the political scene.
A few months later, however, Jakrapob and other loyal Thaksin aides set up a cable-TV station called Public Television (PTV) to broadcast their dissent against the junta.
Banned from the airwaves, Jakrapob and others at PTV took to the street, rallying against the Council for National Security (CNS), as the junta called itself, and created the pro-Thaksin Democracy Alliance Against Dictatorship.
In July, Jakrapob and other anti-coup leaders were detained for two weeks after leading a rally, which erupted into a riot, outside the residence of Privy Council President Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, whom they alleged was pulling the strings behind the coup leaders.
Jakrapob turned himself from villain to hero following the PPP's victory in the December 2007 poll. He was appointed as a PM's Office minister in the Samak Sundaravej Cabinet.
His controversial address on the Thai monarchy at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in August, however, raised doubts about how long he could resist mounting pressure for his resignation.
Jakrapob, 41, has a bachelor's degree in political science from Chulalongkorn University, and a master's from Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
After completing his education, he started his career with the Charoen Pokphand group, before resigning to serve as an official diplomat and then a television host.