Erick Thohir and Javier Zanetty

In the world of the entrepreneur, the name of Erick Thohir is familiar for macro business actors or micro-entrepreneurs. His success in carrying the name Mahaka, the company he first built, has an even wider scope. Erick Thohir’s name was heard again after successfully organizing the 2018 Asian Games and is now officially the chairman of the campaign successor for incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo.

Mahaka Group President Commissioner, Erick Thohir (second left) with Mahaka Radio Integrita Commissioner, Handy Soetedjo (left), Mahaka Radio Integra President Director, Adrian Syarkawie (center), Mahaka Radio Integrita Chief Finance Officer, Maria Natalina Sindhi

The following is Biography of Erick Thohir and his story in becoming a well-known businessman in Indonesia. Erick Thohir was born on May 30, 1970, in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was born from a family of businessmen. His father named Teddy Thohir. Erick Thohir had a brother named Garibaldi Thohir and Rika Thohir.

Erick’s Father, Muhammad Teddy Thohir

His father, Teddy Thohir, with William Soeryadjaya, is the owner of the Astra International Group. Erick Thohir’s mother named Edna Thohir. Erick Thohir took his undergraduate education at Glendale University. Then he continued his Master’s program in Business Administration (Master of Business Administration) at the National University of California.

Astra International Grup company

He obtained his master’s degree in 1993. Although he came from a family of businessmen, Erick Thohir was not permitted by his father to take care of his family’s business. on their return to Indonesia, Erick Thohir together with Muhammad Lutfi, Wisnu Wardhana and R. Harry Zulnardy, they later established Mahaka Group. Erick Thohir was interested in the media business and his company then acquired the Republika daily in 2001. At that time the daily was suffering from a financial crisis and was on the verge of bankruptcy.

Because he did not have much experience in the media business, he then learned from his father and then got the guidance of Jakob Oetama, the founder of Kompas and later Dahlan Iskan, who was the boss of Jawa Pos. Erick Thohir then became President Director of PT Mahaka Media until June 30, 2008. then after that he served as commissioner from June 2010 to the present.

Then PT Mahaka Group also bought Harian Indonesia and was reissued with the name Sin Chew-Harian Indonesia with editorial and management content from Sin Chew Media Corporation Berhad based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This media is then managed independently by PT Emas Dua Ribu, the partner company of Mahaka Media. In addition, Erick also serves as Chair of the Content and Application Industry Committee for the Industrial Chamber of Commerce (KADIN). Until 2009, Erick Thohir’s Mahaka Group had grown in the media world and controlled a + magazines, Parents Indonesia and Golf Digest.

As for the newspaper media business, the Mahaka Group has Sin Chew Indonesia and Republika, while for TV Stations, the Mahaka Milik Group owns JakTV, the GEN 98.7 FM radio station, Prambors FM, Delta FM, and FeMale Radio.

In addition to the media, Erick also has a business in advertising, ticket buying and selling, and website design. He is also the founder of the charitable organization “Darma Bakti Mahaka Foundation” and “Dompet Dhuafa Republika”, as well as being the President Director of the VIVA group and Beyond Media.

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In 2012, Erick Thohir and Levien became the majority shareholders of the D.C club. United, D.C which is a professional football club from the United States based in Washington, DC.

Erick Thohir when he was a shareholder at DC United with Jason Levin


This club competes in Major League Soccer. This stock takeover transaction made Erick Thohir known as the first Asian person to have an NBA Basketball Team after he previously bought shares from the Philadelphia 76ers. But in August 2018, Erick Thohir released all of his ownership shares in DC United.

Then, in 2013, Erick Thohir made a breakthrough by buying 70 percent ownership of the Italian Football Club shares, namely Inter Milan, from the previous owner, Massimo Moratti, worth 350 million euros, equivalent to Rp 5.3 trillion.

Massimo Moratti has relinquished the post of president of Inter Milan and gave it to Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir.

Through the purchase, Erick became the owner of the latest European football club from a developing country. Erick’s ownership of Inter Milan added a name to the list of developing country entrepreneurs who managed to acquire football clubs that were popular in the eyes of the world.
On Friday, November 15, 2013, Thohir officially served as president of the new Inter Milan club. replacing Massimo Moratti who has served 18 years at Inter Milan.

But after that, Suning Group, a Chinese company, later bought Inter Milan’s majority shareholding from Erick Thohir.

Even so Erich Thohir still has a 30 percent stake in Inter Milan and still serves as President of the Inter Milan club.

Interrupted by Erick Thohir’s busyness as a businessman, he also briefly served as chairman of INASGOC (Indonesia Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee), an agency that manages the 2018 Asian Games held in Indonesia.

Erich Thohir while showing off the 18 Games Asian flame torch.

After succeeding as chairman of INASGOC in running the 2018 Asian Games, Erick Thohir was then appointed as the chairman of the Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin winning team in the 2018 Presidential Election.

Erick Thohir was officially the chairman of the Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin campaign successor



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