Tatparanandam Ananda Krishnan, was a Malaysian Business man from Indian origin who started from oil business and grown wealthiest man in the south east Asia.
- Ananda Krishnan did his schooling in Vivekananda Tamil School.
- As a Colombo plan scholar he attended the University of Melbourne, Australia for his M.A degree, in political science.
- At 1964 he obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University.
- Ananda Krishnan started his business with a Kuala Lumpur consultancy, MAI Holdings.
- He started Exoil trading and started purchasing oil drilling concessions in various countries.
- He was interested in Multimedia in 1990’s.
- Ananda Krishnan Business interest were Satellite Television called Astro, Space called MEASAT, shipping and Telecommunication (Maxis and Aircel).
- In the early 1990s, he began building a multimedia empire that now includes two telecommunication companies – Maxis Communications and MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems – and has three communication satellites circumnavigating the earth.He also effected the purchase of 46% of Maxis Communications, the country’s largest cellular phone company, from British Telecom and AT&T for $680 million – raising his stake to 70%. Maxis has more than Ten million subscribers, with around 40% market share in Malaysia. Recently, Maxis has acquired Aircel, Tamil Nadu’s largest cellular phone company and has spread to rest of India. Maxis is also under negotiation to buy over and expand an Indonesian cellular phone company
- In an agreement between Astro and India’s Sun Network, Ananda plans to produce TV channels which cater to the Indian market, especially Tamil diaspora in countries such as US and Europe. Ananda also plans to offer TV services featuring Web-based interactivity.
- Nicknamed TAK, he is currently estimated to have a net worth of US$7.6 billion according to Forbes’ latest annual list of wealthiest people, making him the third wealthiest man in Southeast Asia behind Robert Kuok and Ng Teng Fong and number 119 in the world.