While many Indonesians now know him as a politican, Hary Tanoesoedibjo is still more famous as successful self made businessman, notably thanks to his MNC Group media company. His wealth worth of $1.35 billion and most comes from media companies such as TV, magazines, radio, tabloids and newspapers. While many controversies in politics that surround him have made him famous for the last several years, we still cannot overlook his actual success and achievements as a businessman.
Hary Tanoesoedibjo’s Media Business Kingdom
Hary Tanoesoedibjo, who is mostly known as Hary Tanoe, first established his media giant in year 1989 with the name of PT Bhakti Investama. This company has multiple work fields, handling media, natural resources and finance. He bought the company from an investment management company and developed it, turned it into a bigger and more successful company. However, after Indonesia’s monetary crisis in year 1997 and 1998, he started doing mergers and acquisitions, and changed the company name to PT Global Mediacom Tbk. He also became president director of MNC and RCTI, a famous TV station, in 2003.
Currently, he owned some of the most famous TV stations. MNCTV Channels now consist of MNC Food and Travel, MNC Music, MNC Drama, MNC Comedy and many more. He also owns RCTI and Global TV, as well as famous radio station Trijaya FM. As for printed media, he owns Seputar Indonesia newspaper, Trust business and economy magazine, and Genie, a teen tabloid. He also owns Indovision, a famous cable TV service in Indonesia.
He started entering politics in year 2011, joining NasDem (National Democratic) Party and brought slogan of Gerakan Perubahan (Movement of Change), in belief that youths should start to be the power behind changes in Indonesia’s politics. He even tried to run for presidency chair in this year’s general election, but failed.