Kalanithi Maran
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India
2018

Sun Group

Kalanithi
Maran

Founder / Chairman

Born into a powerful political family in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Maran founded Sun Group in 1992. It is by far the dominant player in the region, with 33 television channels in the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages reaching 95 million households, as well as 55 FM radio channels, two newspapers and five magazines, all hugely influential. In addition, his Sun Pictures has produced critically and commercially acclaimed films such as “Enthiran” and “Aadukalam” and distributed actioners “Singam” and “Padikkathavan.” The group’s DTH outfit, Sun Direct, is an 80:20 joint venture with Malaysia’s Astro Group. In 2012, Maran bought the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise, a team in the enormously popular Indian Premier League cricket tournament.

Career

  • Sun Group
  • Dinakaran
  • SunRisers Hyderabad

Education

  • Loyola College, Chennai (India)
  • University of Scranton (Pennsylvania, US)

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