Subhash Chandra

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Not to be confused with Subhash Chandran .
For the leader in the Indian independence movement popularly known as Netaji, see Subhas Chandra Bose.
Subhash Chandra
Born (1950-11-30) 30 November 1950 (age 63)
Hisar, Haryana), India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Founder and Chairman of Essel Group
Net worth Increase US$ 4 billion (2014)[1]
Religion Jainism

Subhash Chandra (born 30 November 1950) is an Indian media mogul who is chairman of Essel Group, an Indian conglomerate.

He launched the country's first satellite television channel Zee TV in 1992 and later the first private news channel, Zee News. His business interests also include a newspaper chain (DNA), cable systems (Wire and Wireless Ltd), direct-to-home (Dish TV), theme parks (EsselWorld and Water Kingdom), online gaming (Playwin), education (Zee Learn), flexible packaging (Essel Propack), infrastructure development (Essel Infraprojects Ltd), family entertainment centres (Fun Cinemas), precious metals (Shirpur Gold Refinery) and healthy lifestyle & wellness (Veria Living).

As a philanthropist he has set up TALEEM (Transnational Alternate Learning for Emancipation and Empowerment through Multimedia) to provide access to quality education through distance and open learning. He is also the Chairman of the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India a movement to eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India. The Foundation provides free education to nearly 11 Lakh children across 39769 Villages in 21 states through one-teacher schools. He is also the moving force behind the Global Vipassana Foundation a trust set up to help people raise their spiritual quotient. He is also the Chairman for Global Foundation for Civilizational Harmony (GFCH), India. Founded on the conviction that all faiths are valid and sacred for their respective adherents who are strongly motivated by such faiths, GFCH emphasizes on faith and related civilisational and cultural issues as the core of its work.


Chandra dropped out after standard 12.[2]


His channel Zee TV competes with, among others, Sony Entertainment Television and STAR Plus. Other interests include packaging, theme parks, lotteries and cinema multiplexes. He started the failed Indian Cricket League, a domestic Twenty20 cricket league intended as a challenge to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the nation's governing body in Cricket. In November 2009, he took over management responsibility of Daily News & Analysis (DNA), which features among the top 8 English dailies in India and is one of fastest growing English newspapers in the country.

Chandra is the founder-Chairman of the Global Foundation for Civilizational Harmony, an interfaith group.[3] He was granted anticipatory bail on an alleged extortion case.[4]


He was also given Emmy award in 2011.[5]


  1. ^ "Forbes -- Subhash Chandra". 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  2. ^ "". 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  3. ^ "". 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  4. ^ "Subhash Chandra gets Anticipatory Bail till December 14". Retrieved 07-12-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "Zee TV's Subhash Chandra to Receive Emmy Honor". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 

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