>He is the son of Former Union Minister of commerce Murasoli Maran, grandnephew of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, and the brother of India’s textile minister Dayanidhi Maran.He is married to Kaveri who is the Joint Managing Director of Sun network.He proved to be successful in spite of his father’s political rivals ruling the state for most of the period since he entered the media business. He also emerged as No1 in neighboring states where his competitors includes politicians and business men from those states.
Education: Loyola College (Graduate) ,University of Scranton (MBA)
* Schooling at Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai.
* Graduate of Loyola College, Chennai.
* Received MBA from the University of Scranton.
* Amateur radio operator callsign VU2PUG.
* He was Working for Kunkumam, a weekly Tamil Magazine in the late 1980s, which he acquired at later stage.
* In 1990 ,at the age of 26,He Started a monthly video (VHS) newsmagazine called Poomaalai, which was circulated among the Tamils in India and abroad.
* He Founded SunTV on April 14, 1993 with an investment of Rs 20 Lakhs /(86000 USD)
* He is among India’s 20 richest ranked by Forbes.
* He is the highest paid employee in India.
* He has won Young Businessman awards from CNBC, ERNST & Young.
* Prestigious USA based Forbes magazine named him as “Television king of southern India”.
* Kalanithi Maran was also among the few representatives at a roundtable with visiting U.S. President Bill Clinton.
* Sun TV was listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange on April 24, 2006.
* Sun Network – South Indian Television Channels
* Sun Direct DTH – Direct to Home broadcasting Service.
* Spicejet – Airlines
* Suryan FM – Tamil Radio
* Red FM – MultiLingual Indian Radio
* Sun Pictures – Tamil Movie Production house
* Dinakaran – Tamil daily news paper
* Tamil Murasu – Tamil evening news paper
* Kunkumam – Tamil weekly magazine
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