Cherukuri Ramoji Rao passes away

Eenadu Founder and Chairman, Prominent businessman and Padvibhushan award recipient, Cherukuri Ramoji Rao passes away at 87

Cherukuri Ramoji Rao, a pillar of the media industry, chairman of the Ramojin group, passed away, early this morning today. He had been suffering from age-related health issues and chronic illness for a long time.

He was admitted to Star Hospitals in Nanakramguda, Hyderabad, on 5th of June after suffering respiratory issues and high blood pressure.

He was in a critical condition and was being treated with ventilator support. He passed away this morning at 4:50am. His body is being moved to his residence in Ramoji Film City. condoles the sad demise of this Great Personality praying for his soul to rest in peace.

He was 87 and is survived by his wife Rama Devi and son Ch Kiran, who is heading the Eenadu group of publications and ETV channels. His younger son, Cherukuri Suman, died of leukaemia on September 7, 2012.

Born on November 16, 1936, into an agricultural family in Andhra Pradesh’s Pedaparupudi, Ramoji Rao grew up with a strong connection to farming. He pursued his education in literature and later became a successful businessman and media entrepreneur.

He established a massive business empire, including Margadarsi Chit Funds, Eenadu Telugu daily, ETV network of television channels, film production company Usha Kiran Movies and the world’s largest film production facility – Ramoji Film City (RFC).

He also owns Dolphin group of hotels, Kalanjali Saree Showrooms, Priya Foods and Mayuri Film Distributors.

Ramoji Rao was a recipient of several honours and awards for his contribution to Telugu cinema and media, including Padma Vibhushan (2016), National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for ‘Nuvve Kavali’ (2000), four Filmfare Awards South and five Nandi Awards.