Ananda Krishnan

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Tatparanandam Ananda Krishnan (; born 1938) is a Malaysian businessman and philanthropist of Tamil origin. Nicknamed TAK, he is estimated to have a net worth of US$9.6 billion 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 and is known to maintain a low profile for a person of his stature. He has not been conferred upon any title on the Federal Award and Honours which carries Tan Sri as how it's misinteprated by many.


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.


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...
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