Kalanithi Maran Profile

World Billionaire Kalanithi Maran Profile

Kalanithi Maran
Kalanithi Maran
Name : Kalanithi Maran
2015 Rank : 628      2014 Rank : 796      2013 Rank : 412
2012 Rank : 464      2011 Rank : 310

Net Worth: $2.9 B (2015)

Fortune : Self Made

Source : Media

Country Of Citizenship : India

Residence : Chennai‚ India

Education : U of Scranton‚ Master of Business Administration

Date of Birth : 1965

Profession : Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Network

Family : Spouse(s)‚ Children:1

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Kalanithi Maran and His Career

Kalanithi Maran is the 342th billionaire in rank as revealed by the list of Forbes of World Top Billionaires.

As a young man. He started his career as a Circulation clerk in Sumangli Publications. He became the Chairman of Sun TV in 1990‚ the TV network which rules the South India. He is also the Managing Director of the Sun TV which is the most profitable network in South India. He holds 77% in the Sun TV Network that has 20 television channels and 46 FM radio stations. Among them‚ the Sun Direct is held by him along with Ananda Krishnan of the Astro Group. The Sun Pictures is also a part of the Sun empire of Kalanithi Maran.

In June 2010‚ Kalanithi Maran has acquired Spice Jet‚ and thus‚ he is mulling his way into aviation successfully too. Unlike his television channels and newspapers which are concentrated in and around South India‚ the FM radio and the Airlines services are operated all across the country. Few years back‚ there had been some problems n the personal front with his granduncle M.Karunanidhi. But‚ now the duo seems to have patched up and this seems to have proven good for Kalanithi’s fortune.

Notable Achievements of Kalanithi Maran

  • The Young Businessman awards from CNBC‚ ERNST & Young.
  • "Television king of southern India" by the Forbes magazine
  • ‘Rajiv Gandhi Best Entrepreneur Award’ in 1995‚
  • The Worldcom ‘Indian Young Business Achiever Award’ in 1999.
  • ‘Indian Junior Chamber Zone XVI – Outstanding Young Person’ award in 2000‚
  • The Ernst and Young ‘Outstanding Businessman Award’ for the entertainment and information sector in 2004‚
  • The Indian Today ‘Service Czars Tamil Nadu’s New Age Titans’ in 2005.
  • ‘Commendation for Displaying Extraordinary Corporate Leadership and Entrepreneurial Spirit’ in 2005 by CNBC-TV18.
  • The $2.7 Billion deal with Spice Jet was regarded as a major way of economic boost of USA by US President Barack Obama during his visit to India in November 2010.


Business Entities owned by Kalanithi Maran

  • Sun Network
  • Sun Direct DTH
  • Spice Jet Airlines
  • Suryan FM 
  • Red FM 
  • Sun Pictures 
  • Dinakaran ‚ the Tamil daily news paper
  • Tamil Murasu‚ the Tamil evening news paper
  • Kunkumam‚ Muthaaram‚ Vannathirai‚ Kunguma Chimizh  which are Tamil magazines
  • Sumangali Cable Vision    
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