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Tamil Nadu, India
|Alma mater||University of Scranton (MBA)|
|Occupation||Chairman & MD, Sun Group|
|Known for||Founder of Sun Group|
|Net worth||$ 3.5 billion (2011)|
|Spouse(s)||Kaveri Kalanithi Maran|
|Children||Kaviya Kalanithi Maran|
In June 2010, he acquired Spice Jet which was the most profitable airlines in India. While his television channels and newspapers are primarily concentrated in South India, his FM radio stations, DTH service and Airlines are spread across the country
- Born on 24.07.1964
- Schooling at Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai.
- In Loyola College, Chennai he became the student’s union chairman and led an agitation on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue .
- Has an MBA from the University of Scranton.
- Returning to India in 1987, he worked for Kungumam Tamil Magazine owned by his family in the late 1980s.
- In 1990 he started a monthly video (VHS) news magazine in Tamil called Poomaalai which was stopped in 1992 due to piracy.
- He founded Sun TV on April 14, 1993 with an investment of US $86,000 from a bank loan.
- During his visit to Mumbai in 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Kalanithi Maran's spicejet as one of the job creator in USA
- By 2010, he was the 17th richest Indian with net worth of US$ 4 Billion .
- He is the highest paid business man in India.
- He has won Young Businessman awards from CNBC, ERNST & Young.
- Prestigious USA based 'Forbes magazine named him the "Television king of southern India".
- He was among the few representatives at a roundtable with the visiting then U.S. President Bill Clinton.
- Sun TV was listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange on April 24, 2006 upon raising $133 million.
- Kalanithi Maran and his wife, Kavery Maran were second in the list of Indian executive pay charts with a package of Rs. 57.01 crore each for the fiscal 2011-2012, behind Congress MP Naveen Jindal.
- 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 papers
- Kunkumam, Muthaaram, Vannathirai, Kunguma Chimizh - Tamil magazines
- Sun 18 - to distribute its channels through cable, DTH, IPTV, HITS and MMDSk.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad- IPL team from Hyderabad
He is the son of the Former Union Minister of commerce Murasoli Maran and the brother of India's former textile minister Dayanidhi Maran. His mother is the sister of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. He married Kaveri, a native of Coorg, (Karnataka) in 1991 and has a daughter named Kaviya (Born 1992). His wife 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 No. 1 in neighboring states where his competitors include politicians and business men from those states.
Dispute with Karunanidhi's family
In May 2007 followers of Karunanidhi's son M K Azhagiri attacked Maran's newspaper office after a survey in the newspaper claimed people prefer Dhayanidhi Maran as a Chief minister Over M K Stalin and Azhagiri. Later in Dec 2008 it was claimed that dispute between Maran and Karunanidhi Families was resolved. However in 2010, a criminal case against Kalanithi Maran was filed by Azhagiri owned Cable TV distribution company Jak communications.
Allegations in Aircel-Maxis Deal
The Central Bureau of Investigation are poised to file a chargesheet against Kalanidh Maran and his brother, Dayanidhi Maran who was former Telecom Minister in Manmohan Singh's ministry, in UPA I, from May 26, 2004 to May 13, 2007. In a status report to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on telecom, CBI said mala fide considerations and an "illegal gratification" of Rs 549 crore were behind the "active intervention" of Dayanidhi and Kalanithi in curbing the business interests of Aircel's former owner C Sivasankaran. Alleging the Marans of arm-twisting former Aircel owner, Sivasankaran into selling Aircel to Maxis, the CBI report states that an illegal gratification of Rs 549,96,01,793 was accepted as quid pro quo through his brother Kalanithi Maran in the garb of share premium invested in Sun Direct, owned by Kalanithi Maran.  
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