He was comfortably ensconced in his family's enterprise, which has interests in a wide variety of areas including a bouquet of television channels, programming, direct-to-home satellite service, films and now even an airline after buying SpiceJet.
But destiny had something different in store for Dayanidhi, a two-term member of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, representing the prestigious Central Chennai constituency in the Tamil Nadu capital.
Image: In this file photo taken on June 14, 2006, Dayanidhi Maran arrives for a press conference in New Delhi, India. Maran offered his resignation on Thursday, Thursday, July 7, 2011, after investigators said they were probing his alleged involvement in a telecommunications scandal, media reports said. Maran left the telecommunications ministry in 2007 and was textiles minister in the current government.