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Kalanithi Maran

Born/Date of Birth: 24 July 1965
Place of Birth: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma mater: Loyola College, Chennai, University of Scranton
Occupation: Media baron
Known for: Founder of the Sun Group
Net worth: 220 crores USD (2020)
Television: Sun TV
Spouse: Kaveri Maran (m. 1991)
Children: Kaviya Maran
Kalanithi Maran (born 24 July 1965) is an Indian media baron who is the chairman and founder of the Sun Group. He owns television channels, newspapers, weeklies, FM Radio stations, DTH services and a movie production house. He also held a major share in the Indian airline Spice Jet from 2010 to 2015.

In 1990, Maran started a monthly magazine in Tamil called Poomaalai. On 14 April 1993, he founded Sun TV. Sun TV was listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange on 24 April 2006 upon raising $133 million for 10% of the share capital, 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 a net worth of US$4 Billion, and was the highest paid businessman in India. Maran and his wife, Kavery Maran were ranked second on the list of Indian executive pay charts with a package of ₹62 crore (US$8.7 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".

Personal life
Kalanithi Maran is the son of the former Union Minister of India Murasoli Maran and grand nephew of former Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi. His younger brother Dayanidhi Maran was also a former minister. Kalanithi Maran married Kavery, a native of Coorg and has a daughter named Kaviya. He had his schooling with Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai. He graduated in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. He did his MBA from University of Scranton.

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