Cherukuri Ramoji Rao, better known as Ramoji Rao (born 16 November 1936), is an Indian businessman, film producer, educationist, journalist and media entrepreneur. He is head of the Ramoji Group which owns, among other things, the world’s largest film production facility, Ramoji Film City and film production company Ushakiran Movies, established in 1983. He has garnered four Filmfare Awards South, and the National Film Award for his works in Telugu cinema. In 2016, he was selected to be honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honor, for his contributions in journalism, literature and education.
Rao was born in Pedaparupudi, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh State, into an agricultural family. Companies owned by the Ramoji group include Margadarsi Chit Fund, Eenadu newspaper, ETV, Priya Foods, Ushakiran Movies and as mentioned above, the Ramoji Film City near Hyderabad. He is also the chairman of Dolphin group of hotels in Andhra Pradesh. Rao’s younger son, Cherukuri Suman, died of cancer on 7 September 2012.