Aroon Purie

Aroon Purie is an Indian businessman, and the founder & editor in chief of India Today, a leading newsmagazine of India. He has served as editor of the magazine since founding it in 1975. India Today is printed in several languages other than English.

A chartered accountant, Purie first revived Thomson Press. He then set up Living Media to publish India Today, which has redefined magazine journalism in the country. The India Today group which has grown out of the magazine, is one of the largest media conglomerates in India.

The magazines run by the India Today Group are:

  • India Today English
  • India Today Spice
  • India Today Home
  • Business Today
  • India Today Hindi
  • India Today Telugu
  • India Today Tamil
  • India Today Malayalam
  • India Today Bengali
  • Golf Digest (Indian Edition)
  • Cosmopolitan (Indian Edition)
  • India Today Travel Plus
  • Design Today
  • Men's Health - India Edition
  • Harvard Business Review (Indian Edition)
  • Mail Today (A newspaper bought out as a joint venture with the Daily Mail)

Along with this, the group also comes out with several supplements for all their magazines. New magazines, including one called 'Wealth Today' are also on the anvil.

Apart from a number of publications, the group also controls TV Today, India's most wide-reaching television news network, which owns the popular Hindi news channel Aaj Tak and English news channel Headlines Today. TV Today, whose CEO is G Krishnan is a listed company whose shares are traded on the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange. Other than Aaj Tak and Headlines Today they also run two other channels - Tez a snappy-format news channel, using a concept borrowed from CNN Headline News but in Hindi and Dilli Aaj Tak a local news channel for Delhi. A Business news channel in collaboration with Bloomberg is also expected shortly.

Purie was educated at the Doon School, as were two editors of India Today (Suman Dubey and Inderjit Bhadwar). He earned a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics in 1965. He is married to Rekha Purie,a former model. He has 3 children, Kalli Purie, Koel Purieand Ankur Purie. His brother-in-law is the famous heart surgeon, Dr. Naresh Trehan.

India Today magazine was started by Aroon Purie's father, V.V.Purie and his sister Madhu Trehan. Aroon Purie had nothing to do with it until he took it over two years later when his sister returned to the United States and they couldn't keep any editor they hired. His sister Madhu Trehan was also instrumental in taking the India Today group into the television media, when she started Newstrack and then Aaj Tak. Aroon Purie"s youngest sister, Mandira Purie worked as a photojournalist with India Today.

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