Cherukuri Ramoji Rao, better known as Ramoji Rao (born 16 November 1936), is an Indian businessman and media entrepreneur. He is head of the Ramoji Group which owns, among other things, the world's largest film production facility, Ramoji Film City.
Rao cherukuri was born in Gudivada, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, into an agricultural family. Some of the companies owned by the Ramoji group include Margadarsi Chit Fund, Eenadu newspaper, ETV, Priya Foods, Ushakiron Movies and as mentioned above, the Ramoji Film City near Hyderabad.
Eenadu Newspaper LogoOne of India’s largest circulated regional language dailies with a readership of over 90,00,000. Started its' operations in 1974 from Vishkhapatnam then considered a big risk. The newspaper, which has evolved as the strongest voice of the people of Andhra Pradesh, was envisioned as an endeavour to provide readers with information that really matters. News before Sunrise is the rationale that powers the Eenadu initiative. Today, the paper is simultaneously published from 24 centres.
ETV LogoA 12-channel source of rich infotainment, speaking to audiences in the language of their choice: Telugu, Bangla, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Gujarati, Urdu; and Hindi to viewers in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. In fact, in a path-breaking initiative, ETV has created a dedicated infotainment channel for each of the four Hindi-speaking states. Every ETV Network channel focuses exclusively on its audience’s unique cultural identity, its aspirations and its distinct socio-political character.
Ushakiron TVCarries out TV content development for the entire ETV Network and produces wholesome programming for the whole family. Employing over 1000 highly talented and accomplished professionals, Ushakiron Television has its dedicated divisions all over India.
Usha Kiran MoviesFeted for producing meaningful and absorbing films that appeal to audiences across the social spectrum. The company founded in year 1983 has produced nearly 80 films in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and Bangla. Offerings from Ushakiron Movies are known to be wholesome family entertainers.
Margadarsi Chit Fund:-
MargadarshiThe flagship company of the group founded in 1962 in a small rented building on Himayat Nagar road is one of the most trusted chit fund (financial instrument) companies, with a subscriber base of 3,60,000 members. But it recently faced many controversies.
Priya foodsA respected brand leader involved in manufacturing and marketing such products as pickles, condiments, confectionery and edible oils. Priya’s success in international markets is based on its strict adherence to HACCP protocols. Modern, state-of-the-art food processing equipment is used by Priya to recapture the richness of India’s grandest culinary traditions.
Dolphin Chain of Hotels:-
Reputed name in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. The company operates a range of hotels at Ramoji Film City – from super luxury Hotel Sitara to high-quality budget property Tara. The company set up Dolphin, Visakhapatnam’s first ever three-star establishment, in the 80s.
Kalanjali LogoA vast and glittering multi-level complex that offers the finest arts, crafts and textiles from all parts of India under one roof. In fact, Kalanjali’s selection encompasses exquisite works that represent the best of the country’s astoundingly diverse arts & crafts traditions – from handlooms to woodcarvings and from premium linen to furniture.
Mayuri Film Distributors:-
Mayauri LogoA highly regarded company founded in year 1983 which revived the old style exhibition of films on commission basis that provides not only integrated movie distribution solutions but a healthy relationship between producer of the film and distributor. Mayuri, which has been distributing quality films for over two decades, is a professionally managed operation with impeccable ethical credentials.