Ananda Krishnan biography. Ananda Krishnan is a Tamil-descent Malaysian billionaire. He is the owner of Maxis Communications, Malaysia’s biggest cellular phone service provider. Currently ranked in the 93rd wealthiest person in the world and second in Malaysia according to Forbes billionaire list, he holds position as the sole proprietor of TAK Corporate Holdings Sdn Bhd and the Chairman and CEO of Usaha Tegas Group Holdings Bhd. His wealth is estimated at US$9.9 billion by March 2012. Malaysian people give this sixth richest man in Asia A. K. as his popular nickname.
Ananda Krishnan biography
Tatparanandam Ananda Krishnan was born on April 1, 1938 in Little India, Kuala Lumpur. He went to Tamil School in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur and then continued his study at Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. He obtained his BA degree in political science from University of Melbourne when he was there as a scholar. He also graduated from Harvard University with a master degree in business administration in 1964.
Ananda Krishna first attempt to enter business world was Usaha Tegas which now become the umbrella for his companies. Then he expanded his business by purchasing oil drilling concessions and setting up Exoil Trading. Following his success in oil drilling, he diversified his business into gambling in Malaysia and multimedia in 1990s with Astro All Asia Networks, a satellite broadcaster.
Ananda Krishnan has been trying to expand his communication empire by acquiring Aircel, a Tamil Nadu’s largest cellular phone company in India. His company, Maxis, is also under a running negotiation with an Indonesian cellular phone company for an acquisition.
Ananda Krishna is married and has three children from his marriage. He is also known for his philanthropic works and always lays low in public. With his latest expansion in South East Asia countries, he is now recorded as the second richest person in South East Asia behind Robert Kuok. Ananda Krishna biography.