The king of racing is no more.
M A M Ramaswamy the baron of the Rs 10,000 crore Chettinad Group died on 2nd December 2015. He was 84.
The former Rajya Sabha MP wore multiple hats, of which the most egalitarian was his role as an equestrian. He once owned a thousand horses, the largest number by an individual in India.
Born in ‘The Rajah Family,’ his grandpa Sir Annamalai Chettiar founded the Annamalai University in Chidambaram. MAMR transformed the Annamalai University.
He married his Sigappi Aachi in 1951, and the duo is reported to have been very generous. They did not have any children, and in 1995, he adopted a son, Ayyappan and named him MAMR Muthiah.
A controversy erupted at his 125-acre Chettinad Palace when 14 alleged henchmen were arrested for locking a room of his adopted son, allegedly in connection with a property dispute. In June 2015, MAMR declared that he had disowned his son.
In August 2014, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) booked Ramaswamy as the second accused in a bribery case involving the Registrar of Companies. Ramaswamy was to be removed as Chairman of all the companies owned by him. Incidentally, he was the Chairman Emeritus of the Group during the time of his death.
He was a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka and was a true sportsman, who also loved a game of tennis and hockey.