Ananda Krishnan holds an MBA from Harvard University in 1964. Prior to that, he received his education from Vivekananda Tamil School and Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur. He attended University of Melbourne, Australia to complete his degree.
Ananda currently owns 2 of the biggest communications companies in Malaysia; Maxis Communications & MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems. Maxis is currently the biggest cellular phone company in Malaysia with more than 5 millions subscribers and about 30% of Malaysia's market share.
MEASAT currently has 2 communication satellites navigating the earth, and offers 30 television channels and 16 radio channels. The 3rd satellite is said to being launched but is yet to be confirmed. His satellite TV operations now include Indonesia, India, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam and Taiwan.
Apart from that, Ananda Krishnan owns substantial shareholder-ship in Tanjong Plc, which interest in entertainment industry like Tanjong Golden Village Cinemas.
Ananda's strength lies in his ability to appreciate and take advantage of new technology discoveries and make them work in his way. His intelligent, vision and leadership has enabled him to continue leading the pack in the Malaysian's rich-list for many years.
In his course of life, he has been contributing huge sums of energy and money for the charity and foundations. He has donated as much as RM160 millions towards developing and providing education opportunities for Bumiputra in Malaysia.
Ananda Krishnan is married with 3 children.MANY words have been used to describe T. Ananda Krishnan - enigmatic, daring, bold, shrewd, down-to-earth - the list goes on. Fortune magazine, in a 2001 article, aptly called him "Kuala Lumpur's Mr Big".
With both his hands in many cookie jars, he has chartered his name, not only in Malaysia, but across the continents.
Said to have an extraordinary entrepreneurial flair and inventiveness,
Ananda started out as an oil trader, setting up Exoil Trading which went on to purchase oil drilling concessions in various countries.
He progressed to gaming in Malaysia, stud farming in Australia, running cartoon animation studios in California and Manila, and making a series of investments in private companies from Hong Kong to the Channel Islands.
Diversity was his motto. He got involved in the multimedia industry in the early 90s and developed other interests in entertainment, satellite, oil, power, shipping, telecommunications, property and gaming.
He has a string of multiplex theatres in Malaysia which offers movies on the bigger screen.
His entertainment company holds more than 800 movie titles. He also owns the world's largest Chineselanguage movie library, Celestial Pictures.
Today, Ananda has businesses spread all over the globe, including the United States and Japan.
His businesses are varied. In the Philippines, he produced children's
cartoons at the Philippine Animation Studios. He has also worked on Datuk Lat's Malaysian cartoon series for the international market.
Here at home, he is probably most known as the key force behind the building of the world's tallest structure, which is also one of the
largest real estate developments in the world - the Petronas Twin Towers.
His little black book includes names like Jack Welch, Rupert Murdoch and Maurice Greenberg, not to mention veteran rock star Sir Bob Geldof, with whom he mounted the Live Aid charity concert in 1985 in London and Philadelphia to raise funds for the Ethiopian famine victims.
Dominic Armstrong, head of regional research for ABN AMRO, was quoted in an interview as saying: "It's not so much Malaysia that you're backing, it's Ananda. He is a worldclass businessman who happens to be Malaysian." Now, Malaysia's richest man, who was reported by Fortune magazine this year as worth a staggering RM8.77 billion, controls Tanjung Plc, Maxis Communications Bhd and Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd which operates the popular Astro satellite network, all via his private investment vehicle, Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd.
He collaborated with American geologist Tom Cantwell to purchase the rights to drill in Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Egypt, the North Sea and the US. They are said to have had more than 2.5 million hectares (1996 figures) under lease.
One of his well remembered business successes was when he secured a RM2.8 billion loan in Sept 20, 2001 for Maxis, the largest corporate loan since the 1997/98 financial crisis, from Japan, the Netherlands and Canada.
Ananda Krishnan, or AK, as he is also known, is a man of humble
The son of a senior clerk in the civil service, this determined character achieved world renowned success which began with education at the Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur.
He then pursued his studies at Melbourne University in Australia, where he was introduced to horses by his college mates, as all his friends' fathers bred horses.
It was said that his first business venture while still a student at the
university was a small betting operation. Apart from that, he also worked in a radio station and edited the college paper.
He took part in plays, one of them the Merchant of Venice, and a biweekly discussion programme over radio.
After gaining his Bachelor of Arts (Honours), he moved on to Harvard University for a Masters in Business Administration in 1964.
Although he has been hugely successful in business, he has remembered others of lesser means.
More recently in June, companies under him pledged RM160 million to various education funds in the country.
Even though there are many words to describe Ananda Krishnan, at the top of it all is Malaysian.