Businessman Erick Thohir Leads Widodo-Amin’s Campaign Team

Erick Thohir

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The puzzle over the chairman of Joko Widodo – Maruf Amin campaign team has been answered. Vice Presidential candidate Amin confirmed that Erick Thohir, a businessman has picked to lead of the his and Widodo campaign team.

The chairman of National Campaign Team of Widodo-Amain are scheduled for at least Sept. 7. “I think Erick Thohir if I am not mistaken. We will announce later,” non active chairman of Indonesia Ulema Council told journalists on Wednesday (06/09).

Thohir was born in May 30, 1970 . He is an Indonesian businessman and the founder and chairman of Mahaka Group, a holding company which
focuses on media and entertainment. He is also the chairman and minority owner of Inter Milan, owner of D.C United and President Director of PT Intermedia Capital Tbk (IDX: MDIA), the operator of local television ANTV.

He was born in a moslem family and is practicing. His father, Teddy Thohir, was a co-owner of the automotive group PT Astra International Tbk (IDX: ASII) with William Soeryadjaya. His brother, Garibaldi Thohir, is an investment banker and entrepreneur in the energy sector.

He also has a sister, Rika Thohir. As a child, the younger Thohir helped the family business.

Thohir received his master’s degree in 1993 from National University in California, United States. Upon his return to Indonesia, together with his colleagues, he formed the Mahaka Group.

In 2001, the Mahaka Group bought Republika, the biggest Islamic newspaper in Indonesia. Because of Thohir’s background in communications, he was chosen to lead the paper.

He received support from his father, as well as founder of Kompas Jakob Oetama and founder of Jawa Pos Dahlan Iskan to run this newspaper. The Mahaka Group spread its potential by investing in the outdoor advertising company Mahaka Advertising due to the growth of the economic and the city size in 2002.

After launching the television station Jak TV, Mahaka introduced the radio stations 98.7 Gen FM and 101 Jak FM, and participated in PT Radionet Cipta Karya (Prambors FM, Delta FM and FeMale Radio), as well as numerous advertising, ticketing, entertainment and digital companies.

Thohir is the founder of two charities, the education-oriented Darma Bakti Mahaka Foundation and Dompet Dhuafa Republika. In 2011, together with Anindya Bakrie he co-owned the television stations TVOne, as well as the internet news site Viva News. In 2014, he was involved in a turnaround project and became the President Director of ANTV.

In 2011 also, after negotiations wit former basketball agent Jason Levien and managing owner Joshua Harris, Thohir became part of the consortia that bought the Philadelphia 76ers.

The consortia included actor Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, David S. Blitzer, of the private equity firm Blackstone Group and Indonesian businessmen Handy Soetedjo.

Comcast Spectacor, an industry based out of the Wells Fargo Center and boasting a diverse portfolio of professional sports teams, and Harris began talks in the summer of 2011. The deal was announced on 13 July 2011.

In addition to his business, he also owns the basketball team, Satria Muda, and served as an honorary board member of the Indonesian Basketball Association from 2015 to 2019. He has been President of Southeast Asian Basketball Association since 2006.

He was also FIBA board member, Chef De Mission of Indonesia Contingent for the Olympic Games London 2012, and Chairman of National Olympic Committee for 2015–2019.

In September 2013, Inter Milan chairman and owner Massimo Moratti confirmed that he was in discussions to sell a majority 70 percent stake in the club to Thohir. On Oct. 15, 2013 after a long negotiation, International Sports Capital HK Limited, led by Thohir (for 60 percent stake), Handy Soetedjo (20 percent) and Rosan Roeslani (20 percent), became the majority shareholder of Inter Milan.

On  Nov. 15, 2013, the club’s general meeting appointed Thohir as new chairman of the board of directors of Inter Milan, replacing Moratti, who would remain with the club as honorary chairman (until 2016).

However, in June 2016 Thohir sold part of its stake in Inter Milan to Suning Holdings Group, which was chaired by self-made billionaire Zhang Jindong. Thohir remained as the chairman, as the second largest shareholder.

Currently, Thohir’s family holding company, TNT Group, has large investments in the Indonesian energy, foods, property and media industries. In 2015, the TNT group had a revenue of US$1,1 billion.

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