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Ramoji Rao, the media baron and founder of Eenadu, dies at the age of 87

Ramoji Rao, the media baron and founder of Eenadu, dies at theRamoji Rao

Ramoji Rao, the renowned media mogul, and Padma Vibhushan awardee, chairman of the Ramoji Group, passed away early Saturday morning after battling a prolonged illness, as confirmed by his family.

He was 87 years old and is survived by his wife Rama Devi and son Ch Kiran, who spearheads the Eenadu network of publications and ETV stations. His younger son, Cherukuri Suman, tragically succumbed to leukemia on September 7, 2012.

Rao had been grappling with chronic illness and age-related health concerns for an extended period. His breathing problems and high blood pressure prompted his admission to Star Hospitals in Nanakramguda, Hyderabad, on June 5.

Despite receiving ventilator support and being in critical condition, he passed away around 4:50 am at Star Hospitals in Nanakramguda, as shared by a family member. His mortal remains will soon be transported to his residence in Ramoji Film City, located on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Born on November 16, 1936, Ramoji Rao established an expansive business empire, encompassing Margadarsi Chit Funds, the Telugu daily Eenadu, the ETV network of television channels, Usha Kiran Movies film production company, and Ramoji Film City (RFC), the world’s largest film production facility.

Additionally, he owned the Dolphin group of hotels, Kalanjali Saree Showrooms, Priya Foods, and Mayuri Film Distributors, further diversifying his portfolio.

Films distributed by Usha Kiran Movies under Rao’s guidance garnered numerous state and national accolades. In 2016, he was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, for his contributions to journalism, literature, and education.

Acknowledged as an innovative entrepreneur, Rao led groundbreaking ventures such as the Eenadu newspaper, ETV news network, and Ramoji Film City. His vision, deeply rooted in societal welfare, set new standards for innovation and excellence in the media and entertainment industry.

President Murmu

Expressing his condolences on social media, President Murmu emphasized Rao’s significant impact and extended sympathies to his family and well-wishers.

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also conveyed his heartfelt condolences, highlighting Rao’s transformative role in Indian media and entertainment.

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Former Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy, former Telangana CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao, along with several other leaders, mourned the loss of Ramoji Rao. Known for his close associations with former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N.T. Rama Rao and Chandrababu Naidu, as well as various eminent political and film personalities, Rao leaves behind a lasting legacy in Indian media and beyond.

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