Samir Jain

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Samir Jain
Born (1954-03-11) 11 March 1954 (age 63)
New Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Vice-chairman of
The Times Group
Spouse(s) Meera Jain
Children Trishla Jain
Parent(s) Indu Jain
Ashok Kumar Jain
Relatives Sahu Ramesh Chandra Jain
Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain

Samir Jain (born 11 March 1954) belongs to the Sahu Jain family and is the current Vice-Chairman of India's largest media group, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., parent company of The Times of India and other large newspapers.

Education and personal life[edit]

Samir Jain was educated at St. Stephen's College earning a degree in B.A. Programme. He is married to Meera Jain and is father to Trishla Jain who is an artist.[1][2][3]


In 1975 Samir joined the family owned Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. as a junior executive.[4] Over the next 7 years he gained experience and was soon managing the company's media interests while his father Ashok Jain managed the non-publishing parts. By 1982 Samir was vice-chairman and running the entire company as his father pursued by charges of fraud and suffering from a weak heart departed to seek medical treatment in the United States.[4] Samir spent the 1980s remaking Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. (BCCL) into an innovative marketing company. He sensed the zeitgeist and was poised when the liberalisation reform in 1991 allowed a new Indian with money to spend and immediate desires to gratify. His business proposition was simple: he would connect sellers of goods to this vast market of consumers. He was the first in media industry to dispense with the post of an Editor.

During Samir's time, Times of India has become the largest circulating English newspaper in the world.[5][6][7][8]


Further reading[edit]

  • Auletta, Ken: "Citizens Jain – Why India's Newspaper Industry is Thriving". The New Yorker, 8 October 2012, Pages 52 to 61.
  • Subramanian, Samanth : "Supreme Being : How Samir Jain created the modern Indian Newspaper Industry", Caravan Magazine, 1 December 2012.
  • Menon Malhan, Sangita P, "The TOI Story: How a Newspaper Changed the Rules of the Game" (2013) HarperCollins India

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