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The Mappillai Family

The Mappillai Family

The Malayala Manorama newspaper traces its roots to the pre-Independence of India. Kandathil Varghese Mappillai brought out the first edition of the Malayala Manorama newspaper on 22 March, 1890 in Kottayam. In an era when there were few newspapers around – except the ones from Churches, Malayala Manorama was a newspaper that would be different and stay away from religion. Though the first edition was a weekly, the newspaper became bi-weekly in 1901, thrice a week in 1918 before eventually becoming a daily newspaper in 1928.

After Kandathil Varghese Mappillai died in 1904, his nephew K.C. Mammen Mappillai took over as Editor of Malayala Manorama. K.C. Mammen Mapillai had varied business interests even in those times. He was the Chairman of the National and Quilon Bank, that was one of the largest banks in the Thirties. He also founded an Insurance company, and popularized rubber cultivation. K.C. Mammen Mapillai’s son, K.M. Cherian took over as the Chief Editor of the paper in 1954. His younger brother K.M. Mathew joined him in the newspaper in 1954, before becoming the Managing Editor soon thereafter. K.M. Mathew decided to keep the Manorama Group within the family, and began involving the extended family in running the newspaper and its other businesses. K.M. Mathew brought in his nephew, Mammen Varghese who helped launch M.M. Publications. He brought in other nephew K.O. Kurian into the business as well. Today Mammen Mathew, the eldest son of K.M. Mathew is the Editor and Managing Director of Malayala Manorama. Another son, Philip Mathew is the Managing Editor.

Today, the family has interests in real estate, construction, rubber plantation, retail ventures, magazines, media school and two television channels – Mazhavil Manorama, the entertainment channel and Manorama News, the news channel. 210 members of the extended family holds shares of varying percentages in the Company.

Media Companies / Groups
Media Outlets


Tyre Manufacture

MRF Limited

Trade and Wholesale

Commercial Broadcasting Private Limited

Real Estate

Aero Estates and Leasing Company Limited

Reclaimed Rubber Manufacturer

GRP Limited


Devon Plantations and Industries Limited

Coffee Distribution

India Coffee and Tea Distribution Company


Philips Investments Private Limited

Flower Export

Indo Bloom Limited


M M Rubber Company Limited


M M Housing Company Private Limited

Printing Inks

Nanotech Printing Inks (India) Private Limited


Balanoor Printers Limited

Retail Trading

G Mart Limited

Toy Manufacturing


Forestry and Logging

Sicaf Private Limited


Devon Machines Private Limited


JCEE Manufacturing and Services Private Limited

Financial Planning

Comprehensive Investment and Finance Company Private Limited

Shipping Services

Vibgyor Shipping Services (India) Private Limited


Tirunelveli Vayu Energy Generation Private Limited


Shuka Consultancy Services Private Limited

Family & Friends

Affiliated Interests Family Members Friends

Philip Mathew

the son of K M Mathew, Managing Editor

Further Information

Data Publicly Available

ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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Most ownership data is available on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India registry, Details about the Company’s history is available on the company website.A clear family tree, or how the shareholders are related to each other, however, is not available. Details about Corporate Governance is also not clearly apparent from their documents. The company was written to, through email on 18th March 2019 and courier on 22nd March 2019,, seeking information and verification of data. There has been no response from the Company.

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