Dayanidhi Maran Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Priya Dayanidhi Maran
Hometown: Chennai
Age: 57 Years

Dayanidhi Maran

Full NameDayanidhi Murasoli Maran
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair Colour Black
Political PartyDravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)
Dayanidhi Maran is the member of DMK
Political Journey2004: Won the Lok Sabha elections from the Chennai Central constituency

2004: Appointed as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology in the UPA government on 22 May
Dayanidhi Maran after being appointed as the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology in 2004
2007: Resigned as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology on 13 May

2009: Re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the Chennai Central constituency

2009: Appointed as the Union Minister for Textiles on 28 May

2011: Resigned as the Minister of Textiles amid 2G spectrum case probe on 12 July

2014: Contested the 16th Lok Sabha elections from the Chennai Central constituency but lost to AIADMK's S. R. Vijayakumar

2019: Won the 17th Lok Sabha elections from the Chennai Central constituency
Biggest RivalS. R. Vijayakumar (AIADMK)
S. R. Vijayakumar (AIADMK) opponent of Dayanidhi Maran
Personal Life
Date of Birth5 December 1966 (Monday)
Age (as of 2023) 57 Years
BirthplaceKumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac signSagittarius
SignatureDayanidhi Maran's signature
SchoolDon Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Egmore, Chennai
College/University• Loyola College, Chennai
• Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts
Educational Qualification(s)• Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Loyola College (1989)
• Owner /President Management Programme from Harvard Business School
CasteIsai Vellalar
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
AddressNo.4, Second Avenue, Boat Club Road, R. A. Puram, Mandaveli, Chennai - 600 028
HobbiesPlaying and Watching Golf, Cricket, and Tennis
ControversyThe Telephone Exchange Case: In 2018, Madras High Court charged him and his brother, Kalanithi Maran, for BSNL illegal telephone exchange case. He was accused of setting up an illegal telephone exchange at his residence in Chennai for Sun Network business when he was serving as the Telecom Minister of India (2004-06). It reportedly resulted a loss of Rs. 1.78 crore to the government. [1]The Indian Express
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date26 August 1994
Wife/SpousePriya Dayanidhi Maran (entrepreneur)
Dayanidhi Maran and Priya Dayanidhi Maran
ChildrenSon- Karan Dayanidhi Maran (businessman)
Daughter- Divya Dayanidhi Maran (businesswoman)
Karan Dayanidhi Maran (centre) and Divya Dayanidhi Maran (right) along with their business partner Nivedita Arvind (left)
ParentsFather- Murasoli Maran (politician) (deceased)
Murasoli Maran, Dayanidhi Maran's father
Mother- Mallika Maran
SiblingsBrother- Kalanithi Maran (businessman)
Dayanidhi Maran with his brother
Sister- Anbukarasi Maran aka Arasi Maran (cardiologist)
Anbukarasi Maran
Other RelativesSister-in-law- Kaveri Maran (aka Kavery Maran) (Joint Managing Director of Sun Group)
Kaveri Maran and Kalanithi Maran
Granduncle- M. Karunanidhi (politician) (deceased)
Dayanidhi Maran with his wife, children and M. Karunanidhi
FM Radio StationSuryan FM 93.5
Politician M. Karunanidhi
Style Quotient
Car CollectionToyota Fortuner (Model 2014)
Money Factor
Salary (as a Member of Parliament)Rs. 1 Lakh + Other Allowances
Assets/PropertiesMovable Assets
• Cash: Rs. 57, 700
• Bank Deposits: Rs. 2,29,16,965.58
• Bonds, Debentures, and Shares in Company: Rs. 60,15,442
• LIC and Other Insurance: Rs. 8,26,714
• Motor Vehicles: Rs. 13,50,000
• Jewellery: Rs. 6,28,520
• Other Assets: Rs. 47,17,628

Immovable Assets
• Non-Agericultural Land: Rs. 59,000

Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2019. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor). [2]MyNeta
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 3,65,71,969.58

Note: The net worth was for the financial year 2020-2021. It excludes the net worth of his wife and dependents (minors). [3]MyNeta

Dayanidhi Maran

Some Lesser Known Facts About Dayanidhi Maran

  • Dayanidhi Maran played a crucial role in decreasing both mobile and landline call charges as the Minister of  Communications and Information Technology.
  • Under his leadership, the IT sector received investments exceeding $30 billion. He also tried to establish India as a major chip manufacturer.
  • The “One Rupee One India” initiative introduced by his ministry made it possible for people to make calls anywhere in the country for just Rs. 1 per minute.
  • His ministry had achieved the goal of establishing 75 million telephone connections in May 2004.
  • During his tenure as the Minister of  Communications and Information Technology, Dayanidhi announced the goal of setting up around 500 million telephone connections by December 2010.