Kalanithi Maran is the son of the former Union Minister of commerce Murasoli Maran and grand nephew of former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi . His younger brother
Dayanidhi Maran was also a former minister. He married Kaveri, a native of Coorg in 1991 and has a daughter named Kaviya (Born 1992).
It’s obvious that the most profitable television network in Asia would fill the pockets of its bosses. While the group’s TV channels and news publications are concentrated in South India, its FM channels and DTH services and enjoyed pan India.
In 1990, Maran started a monthly video (VHS) news magazine in Tamil called Poomaalai657 which was stopped in 1992. On 14 April 1993, he founded Sun TV with an investment of US$86,000 from a bank loan. Sun TV was listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange on 24 April 2006 upon raising $133 million for 10% of the share capital and catapulting him into the billionaire charts. He was among the few representatives at a roundtable with the visiting then US President Bill Clinton .
By 2010, he was the 17th richest Indian with net worth of US$4 Billion, and was the highest paid business man in India. Maran and his wife, Kavery Maran were ranked second in the list of Indian executive pay charts with a package of ₹62 crore (US$9.2 million) each for the fiscal year 2011–2012, behind Congress MP Naveen Jindal .
He has won Young Businessman awards from
CNBC and Ernst & Young, and Forbes magazine named him the “Television king of southern India”.
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