The man who chose to become a monk over a life of luxury and the opportunity to become one of the richest individuals in the world. The son of a billionaire is Ven Ajahn Siripanyo. Ananda Krishnan, his father, has a net worth of more than Rs 40,000 crore ($5 billion). He goes by the name AK and is a telecom tycoon. He also owned the Indian phone business Aircel, which formerly sponsored the IPL team managed by cricket great MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings.

Siripanyo, a Tamil-origin telecom magnate, was set to be the head of Krishnan’s multibillion-dollar telecom empire, which comprises companies involved in media, satellites, oil and gas, communication, and real estate. Krishnan is jointly invested in at least 9 businesses. He is now one of the wealthiest persons in Malaysia thanks to his enormous fortune.

Ananda Krishnan is a prominent philanthropist and a Buddhist who has donated to a variety of projects, including humanitarian work and education. According to reports, his son converted to Buddhism at the age of barely 18. While there isn’t much known about Siripanyo’s decision to become a monk, it has been said that he did so while on seclusion because it seemed like “fun.” However, the short-term project soon turned into a long-term one. Siripanyo made the decision to live simply and beg for money rather than managing his father’s multibillion-dollar fortune.

Over 20 years have passed since Siripanyo decided to live as a monk in the jungle instead of accepting the wealth he was due to receive. He serves as the abbot of Thailand’s Dtao Dum Monastery. Additionally, it has been asserted that the monk is a mother’s side descendant of the Thai royal line. There are little information concerning Siripanyo’s early upbringing, however he was apparently raised in the UK with his two sisters and is fluent in up to eight languages.

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