Ananda Krishnan

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Ananda Krishnan

Tatparanandam Ananda Krishnan (Tamil: த. ஆனந்தகிருஷ்ணன்; born 1938) is a Malaysian businessman and philanthropist of Tamil origin. Nicknamed TAK, he is currently estimated to have a net worth of US$9.6 billion[1] according to Forbes' latest annual list of wealthiest people, making him the second wealthiest in Southeast Asia behind Robert Kuok, and number 89 in the world. Ananda Krishnan shuns public exposure [2] and is known to maintain a low profile for a person of his stature.

Ananda Krishnan was born in 1938 in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur's "Little India" to Tamil parents, who were Sri Lankan immigrants. He studied at Vivekananda Tamil School in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur and furthered his studies at Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. Later, as a Colombo Plan scholar, he attended the University of Melbourne, Australia for his B.A. (Honours) degree majoring in political science. During that time he boarded in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn. Following that, Krishnan obtained a Masters in Business Administration at Harvard University, graduating in 1964.[3] [edit] Entrepreneurship

Krishnan’s first entrepreneurial venture was a Kuala Lumpur consultancy MAI Holdings. He set up Exoil Trading, which went on to purchase oil drilling concessions in various countries. Later, he moved into gambling (in Malaysia). In the early part of the 1990s, he started diversifying into the multimedia arena. Currently, he has business interests in entertainment, satellite television (Astro), space (MEASAT), shipping (Bumi Armada), telecommunications (Maxis, Aircel). Through the privately owned Usaha Tegas Sdn. Bhd., he owns stakes in Tanjong Public Limited Company, an investment holding company with subsidiaries involved in Power Generation (Powertek), Gaming (Pan Malaysian Pools), Leisure (Tropical Island and Tanjong Golden Village (TGV)) [edit] Multimedia

He first came to prominence by helping to organize the Live Aid concert with Bob Geldof in the mid-1980s....
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