Media magnate's Zee Entertainment Enterprises, flagship of his Essel Group and run by sons Punit and Amit, sold its Ten Sports Network to Sony Pictures for $385 million in August. The television broadcaster's array of 75 channels reaches more than one billion viewers in 171 countries. Zee's presence in Southeast Asia covers Indonesia, Thailand Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. Essel's infrastructure unit has a joint venture with China's Golden Concord Holdings for a $2 billion solar-equipment project in Andhra Pradesh state in South India. He was recently elected a member of parliament.
Chandra's autobiography, The Z Factor—My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time, was published this year