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Kalanithi Maran

Kalanithi Maran

Kalanithi Maran is the Chairman of Kal Publications Private Limited, the publisher of Dinakaran newspaper and a part of Sun Group. He is also the Chairman of Sun Group and Executive Chairman of Sun TV Network Ltd. Kalanithi Maran is a Commerce Graduate from the University of Madras, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States. Maran is the son of Murasoli Maran, the former Union Minister and a Dravida Munettra Kazhagam (DMK) party leader. Murasoli Maran, in turn, is the nephew of Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

Kalanithi Maran launched the Sun TV, a Tamil General Entertainment Channel, in 1993, one of the first satellite TV channels of the country, after the liberalization of the Indian economy in 1991. Today, he is the Chairman of the Sun Group, one of the largest media conglomerates in the country, that has multiple business interests, including broadcast television, radio, newspapers, magazines, television distribution, aviation, and Indian franchisee cricket competition – the Indian Premier League.

Despite coming from a political family, Kalanithi Maran has not showed an inclination to join politics. Kalanithi Maran’s younger brother, Dayanidhi Maran was a Minister in the former Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), as a representative of the DMK. Kalanithi Maran’s Sun TV network has 33 television channels in the four South Indian languages – Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu. Sun Network’s television channels – Sun in Tamil, Udaya in Kannada, Surya in Malayalam and Gemini in Telugu – are dominant players in their respective regional markets. A 2011 Forbes list of “India’s Richest” ranked Kalanithi Maran as the 23rd richest Indian with a net worth of USD 2500 million.

Media Companies / Groups
Media Outlets


TV Distribution

Sun Direct

Movie Production Distribution

Sun Pictures


Kal Publications Private Limited

TV Broadcasting

Sun TV Network Ltd

Radio Broadcasting

Kal Radio Limited


Kal Airways Private Limited


Sunrisers Hyderabad

Financial services

Kungumam Nithiyagam Private Limited

Trade and wholesale

Kal Comm Private Limited

Sports and recreation

Udaya FM Private Limited


Sol Ventures Private Limited

Wholesale of agricultural material

Tan Business Ventures Private Limited

Family & Friends

Affiliated Interests Family Members Friends

Kavery Kalanithi

is the wife of Kalanithi Maran and the Executive Director of Sun TV Network Ltd. She is also the Director of Kungumam Publications Private Limited, Kungumam Nithiyagam Private Limited and Kal Investments (Madras) Private Limited

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