Ananda Krishnan
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Usaha Tegas



A self-made billionaire born of Sri Lankan parents, Krishnan, widely known as “AK,” seeks the kind of low profile that makes people describe him as a “recluse.” But operating at the heart of Malaysia’s political-business nexus, he is repeatedly propelled into the limelight. Krishnan made a fortune in oil and then another in gambling, before expanding into media and telecoms. His interests include SE Asia regional pay-TV giant Astro; Malaysia’s leading phone operator, Maxis; satellite operator MEASAT; U.K. newspaper group Johnston Press; Malaysia’s second-largest cinema chain, TGV; and Celestial Pictures, the company built on the Shaw Brothers Film Library that also gives a stake in the CTE channels bouquet. Still unresolved are 2018 charges over telecoms bid rigging.


  • Astro
  • Maxis Communications
  • MAI Holdings


  • Harvard University (MA, USA)
  • University of Melbourne (Australia)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree


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