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Kalanithi Maran Height, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 58 Years
Wife: Kaveri Maran
Hometown: Chennai

Kalanithi Maran

Bio/Wiki
ProfessionBusinessman
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Career
Awards2001: Indian Television Academy Award for the Best TV Channel

2006: CNBC's Young Businessman Award

2009: Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the TiECON Chennai

2024: Hurun India's Most Respected Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Kalanithi Maran while receiving Hurun India’s Most Respected Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 July 1965 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2023) 58 Years
BirthplaceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac signLeo
SignatureKalanithi Maran's signature
NationalityIndian
HometownChennai
SchoolDon Bosco, Egmore, Chennai
College/University• Loyola College, Chennai
• University of Scranton, Pennsylvania
Educational Qualification(s)• B.Com from Loyola College
• MBA from the University of Scranton
ReligionHinduism
Food HabitVegetarian
HobbiesWatching TV, Listening to Music
ControversiesThe Telephone Exchange Case: Kalanithi was once accused of setting up a private phone system at his Chennai home without paying bills, reportedly for Sun Network business. This allegedly caused a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to BSNL and MTNL; however, on 18 March 2018, a Special CBI court cleared him of the charges because of the lack of evidence. [1]The Indian Express

The Criminal Case: In 2010, Jak Communications, a Cable TV Distribution Company owned by Azhagiri (son of Karunanidhi), filed a criminal case against Kalanithi.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateYear, 1991
Family
Wife/SpouseKaveri Maran (aka Kavery Maran) (Joint Managing Director of Sun Group)
Kalanithi Maran with his wife
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- Kavya Maran (businesswoman)
Kavya Maran
ParentsFather- Murasoli Maran (politician) (deceased)
Kalanithi Maran's father, Murasoli Maran
Mother- Mallika Maran (deceased)
SiblingsBrother- Dayanidhi Maran (politician)
Dayanidhi Maran
Sister- Anbukarasi Maran (cardiologist)
Anbukarasi Maran
Other RelativesSister-in-law- Priya Maran (Dayanidhi Maran's wife)
Dayanidhi Maran and Priya Maran
Favourites
FoodUttapam, Sambar, Dosa
ActorVijay Sethupathi
ActressSamantha Ruth Prabhu
SingerSid Sriram
FilmTelugu- Agnyaathavaasi (2018)
Hollywood- The Dark Knight (2008)
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Rolls-Royce Phantom
• Armoured BMW 760Li
• Bentley Bentayga
• Mercedes-Maybach Benz S660 Guard
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)USD 3.1 billion (as of 2024)

Kalanithi Maran

Some Lesser Known Facts About Kalanithi Maran

  • Kalanithi grew up in a politically influential family.
  • In 1990, he started a monthly Tamil video magazine, Poomaalai.
  • In 1992, he founded Sun Group, a media company.
  • When Bill Clinton, the then President of the United States, visited India in March 2000, Kalanithi Maran was among the few representatives present at a round-table discussion with him. Kalanithi Maran And Bill Clinton' India Visit
  • With an investment of USD 86,000 from a bank loan guaranteed by his father and his own savings, Maran founded Sun TV on 14 April 1993. Kalanithi Maran Sun TV
  • On 24 April 2006, Sun TV was listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Kalanithi Maran's Sun Group listed on Bombay Stock Exchange
  • Sun Network was among the first to procure the license for satellite broadcasting.
  • Sun TV was the first and primary channel of the group. Over time, the channel expanded to offer approximately 35 channels in six languages: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Marathi, and Malayalam.
  • Throughout the years, Sun Group expanded into several other sectors, including radio (Suryan FM, Red FM, and Magic FM), publishing (magazines and newspapers like Dinakaran, Tamil Murasu, and Malai Murasu), film production (Sun Pictures), sports (IPL franchise ownership with Sunrisers Hyderabad), and digital streaming services (Sun NXT).
  • The group launched its DTH company, Sun Direct, in 2007.
  • In 2010, with a net worth of US$4 Billion, Kalanithi Maran became the 17th richest Indian. In the same year, he also became the highest-paid businessman in India.
  • He was appointed as the promoter director and chairman of SpiceJet and its board in 2010. He held a huge stake in the airline from 2010 to 2015.

    Kalanithi Maran as the promoter director of SpiceJet

    Kalanithi Maran as the promoter director of SpiceJet

  • For the fiscal year 2011–2012, Kalanithi and his wife, Kaveri were ranked the second highest-paid Indian executives with a package of ₹62 crore, behind Naveen Jindal.
  • He was once named Television King of Southern India by Forbes for his extensive media empire
  • Kalanithi co-owns the Indian Premier League Team “Sunrisers Hyderabad.”

    Kalanithi Maran during a match of Sunrisers Hyderabad

    Kalanithi Maran during a match of Sunrisers Hyderabad

  • In September 2023, Kalanithi Maran celebrated the success of the film ‘Jailer’ by presenting Rajinikanth with a BMW X7 as a gift. He brought both a BMW X7 and a BMW i7 EV to Rajinikanth’s residence and asked him to choose between the two. Rajinikanth ultimately opted for the BMW X7.

    Kalanithi Maran after gifting BMW X7 to Rajinikanth

    Kalanithi Maran after gifting BMW X7 to Rajinikanth

  • On 10 September 2023, Kalanithi Maran marked the success of the film ‘Jailer’ by felicitating more than 300 people with gold coins who contributed to its success.

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