Better known as the corporate face of the DMK, 44-year-old Dayanidhi Maran, grand nephew of its chief M. Karunanidhi, may not have entered politics if his father had not died in 2003.
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.