Born on 22nd of July 1964, Kalanithi Maran is a media mogul with a net worth of whopping $2.2 Billion. Currently, he is the Chairman & Managing Director of Sun Group – the most profitable Television Network across Asia.
Kalanithi belongs to an influential family wherein his father Murasoli Maran was the Former Union Minister of commerce, his brother Dayanidhi Maran was India’s former textile minister, and his uncle M. Karunanithi was the Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
After completing his schooling at Don Bosco in Chennai, Kalanithi joined the Loyola College, and was appointed as the student’s union chairman. After his graduation, he moved to Pennsylvania, for pursuing his Masters’ in Business Administration from the University of Scranton.
During the mid-80s, Kalanithi observed that the US was offering an array of channels which were spread across multiple genres. This initiated a spark in him that brought a revolution.
After completing his Masters, he returned to his home town and started his career by working for Sumangli Publication as a circulation clerk. Back in those days when private players like ZEE were emerging as the key players, the industry was largely dominated by the state broadcaster.
Hence, to play it safe, he started off with 3 hours of Tamil programs on ATN channel under the brand name of Sun TV. Kalanithi eventually gained and maintained a monopoly over cable distribution in Tamil Nadu. This was one of the major factors that became the main reason leading to the surge in Sun’s dominant market share in the upcoming times.
The political influence of Kalanithi’s family also helped him to gain success. Over the period of time, he became a role model for the youth of Tamil Nadu and is now considered to be the epitome of sheer hard work, dedication and business acumen.