Subhash Chandra
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India

Essel Group

Subhash
Chandra

Founder / Chairman

Often traveling under the initials DSC, Subhash Chandra has come a long way since arriving in Delhi, age 20, with just 17 Rupees (US$0.25) in his pocket. His autobiography, “The Z Factor: My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time,” was published in 2016 and modestly positions Chandra as an outsider. In a country where family dynasties are the dominant forces, Chandra has made his $6 billion fortune on his own. That has much to do with political connections he cultivated along the way and to reinventing himself several times over. He was a rice trader and a leisure park operator before moving into media.

The launch of Zee TV, India’s first private-sector satellite channel, came as a reaction to being snubbed by PCCW boss Richard Li, who dismissed the notion of Hindi-language operations. Zee is now a global TV operator and a major film industry player. A member of the upper house of the Indian parliament since 2016, Chandra also appears weekly on the “Dr. Subhash Chandra Show,” a late night TV series where Chandra mixes up business and youth empowerment themes.

Career

  • Essel Group

Education

  • University of East London (UK)

Philanthropy

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