Karti Chidambaram Age, Wife, Caste, Children, Family, Biography

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Wife: Srinidi Rangarajan
Net Worth: Rs. 79.37 Crore
Age: 52 Years

Karti Chidambaram

Full NameKarti P. Chidambaram
Profession(s)Indian Politician, Businessman, Lawyer
Famous ForBeing the son of P. Chidambaram
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)5' 11" (180 cm)
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Political PartyIndian National Congress
Logo Of the Indian National Congress
Political Journey2014: Unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha Elections from the Sivaganga Constituency in Tamil Nadu
2019: Won the Lok Sabha Elections from the Sivaganga Lok Sabha Constituency in Tamil Nadu
Personal Life
Date of Birth16 November 1971 (Tuesday)
Age (as of 2023)52 Years
BirthplaceMadras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu
Zodiac signScorpio
SignatureKarti Chidambaram Signature
HometownSivaganga, Tamil Nadu
SchoolDon Bosco School of Excellence, Egmore, Chennai
College/University• The University of Texas at Austin
• University of Cambridge
Educational Qualification(s)• Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Texas, Austin, U.S.A in 1993
• Bachelor of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1995
CasteNagarathar (Also known as Chettiar) [1]Caste and Capitalism in Colonial India The Nattukottai Chettiars by David West Rudner
Food HabitVegetarian
Address87/1-54, Motilal Street, Kandanur, Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu
HobbiesReading Books, Playing Lawn Tennis
Controversies• In May 2012, it was alleged that he had links to a firm named "Advantage Strategic Consulting", which was involved in illegal financial transactions.

• In November 2014, EVKS Elangovan (Tamil Nadu Congress Committee Chief) lashed out at him for sharing the party's internal issues with the media.

• In January 2015, the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee criticized him for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "political acumen".

• In April 2015, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probed "Vasan Healthcare Group", which was partly owned by Karti Chidambaram. It was reportedly abusing India’s foreign direct investment policy to provide illegal help to "Sequoia Capital India" (a Mauritius-based investment firm).

• In August 2015, he was summoned by the ED in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case.

• In September 2015, the New Indian Express charged him for being the secret owner of an international network of companies.

• In December 2015, his office was raided by the ED and the Income Tax Department to probe a transaction between Chidambaram and Aircel.

• In February 2016, the Pioneer newspaper reported about his involvement in various international business activities, many of which were involved in tax havens.

• In April 2016, the New Indian Express alleged that he owned 'Advantage' through several front-men (Benami).

• On 16 May 2017, CBI booked Karti Chidambaram for cheating and corruption.

• On 28 February 2018, he was arrested by a special team of the CBI’s Economic Offences Wing at the Chennai Airport. The case pertained to alleged irregularities in foreign direct investments to the tune of 305 Crores INR in INX Media.

• On 11 October 2018, the ED seized Karti's properties in India, UK, and Spain worth 54 Crores INR in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.

• In March 2024, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a prosecution complaint (charge sheet) against him in connection with an alleged money laundering case. The agency accused him of receiving Rs. 50 lakh from Talwandi Sabo Power Limited, which was establishing a power project at Mansa, Punjab, for getting the approval for reuse of Chinese visas through Karti's father, P. Chidambaram, who was the Union Home Minister at that time. [2]The Hindu On 6 June 2024, Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court granted him bail.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date21 January 1997
Wife/SpouseSrinidi Rangarajan (Bharatanatyam Dancer and Physician)
Karti Chidambaram with his wife Srinidi Rangarajan
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- Aditi Nalini Chidambaram
Karti Chidambaram's Daughter Aditi Nalini Chidambaram
ParentsFather- P. Chidambaram (Politician)
Karti Chidambaram's Father P. Chidambaram
Mother- Nalini Chidambaram (Advocate)
Karti Chidambaram's Mother Nalini Chidambaram
Style Quotient
Assets/PropertiesCash: 3.54 Lacs INR
Bank Deposits: 6.60 Crores INR
Jewellery: 40 gms Gold worth 1.22 Lacs INR and a 3 Carat Diamond worth 90,000 INR
Agricultural Land: worth 3.60 Crores INR in South Coorg, Karnataka
Commercial Building: worth 95.48 Lacs INR in Chennai
Commercial Building: worth 2.28 Crores INR in Cambridge, UK
Residential Building: worth 16.05 Crores INR in Jor Bagh, New Delhi
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)1 Lac INR + Other Allowances (as a Lok Sabha Member)
Net Worth (approx.)79.37 Crores INR (as in 2019)

Karti Chidambaram

Some Lesser Known Facts About Karti Chidambaram

  • He was born in Chennai into a rich merchant family.
  • His father, P. Chidambaram, has served as India’s Minister of Finance and the Minister of Home Affairs during the UPA Government.
  • After returning from England, he didn’t join his father’s law firm. He worked at the ill-fated Manali Petrochemicals Ltd. in Madras.
  • He holds & manages many companies in India & abroad.
  • He is an adroit Lawn Tennis player and has won some Tennis Competitions too.
  • He is a former Vice-President of the All India Tennis Association and is Vice-President of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association.
    Karti Chidambaram Tennis Connection
  • He is also the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Aircel Chennai Open (ATP) Tennis Tournament.
  • He is the Chief Patron of the All India Karate-Do Federation.
  • His wife, Srinidi Rangarajan, is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and works as a physician in Chennai.