Chairman, Essel Group

Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman of Essel Group, is among the leading lights of the Indian Industry. A self-made man,
Dr. Chandra has consistently demonstrated his ability to identify new businesses and lead them on the path to success. Referred to as the Media Moghul of India, he has revolutionized the television industry by launching the country's first private satellite Hindi Channel Zee TV in 1992 and later the first private news channel, Zee News. The ZEE Network today has over 700 million viewers in 169 countries.

His business empire encompasses television networks (ZEE), a newspaper chain (DNA), cable systems (Wire and Wireless India Ltd.), Direct to Home (Dish TV), digital cable (Siti Cable) theme parks (Essel World and Water Kingdom), online gaming (Playwin), education (Zee Learn), flexible packaging (Essel Propack), infrastructure development (Essel Infraprojects Ltd.) and family entertainment centres (Fun Cinemas). Credited with tremendous business astuteness, Dr. Chandra has charted a course of growth and success, unparalleled in business history. All of his ventures are path-breaking in nature, be it the Essel Propack, which is the largest specialty packaging company in the world; Asia's largest amusement park Essel World; or the first satellite television in India, ZEE TV.

Dr. Chandra has made his mark as an influential philanthropist in India. He has set up TALEEM (Traditional Alternate Learning for Emancipation and Empowerment through Multimedia) to provide access to quality education through distance and open learning. He is also the Chairman of the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India - a movement to eradicate illiteracy from rural and urban India. The Foundation provides free education to nearly 8,00,000 tribal children across 27,000 villages through one-teacher schools. He is also the driving force behind the Global Vipasana Foundation - a trust set up to help people explore their spiritual side. As a firm believer in Karma, Dr. Chandra’s actions are not performed with a selfish motive. He believes that the key to happiness is to take success in your stride and not be depressed when you fail. Just keep doing your Karma, is his mantra. He is a true Karmayogi indeed.