|Date of birth||September 16, 1945|
|Place of birth||Kanadukathan, Sivaganga District, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Father’s name||Mr. Palaniappan|
|College||Bsc-Presidency College, Chennai, India
Bachelor of Law – Law College, Madras University
Business Administration- Harvard University
|Acheivements||* Inducted into the Union Council of Ministers on September 21, 1985 as a Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Commerce and then in the Ministry of Personnel
* Inducted into the Union Council of Ministers as Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce and held the post till July 9, 1992.
* Re-appointed as Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce on February 9, 1995 and held the post till April 3, 1996
* Appointed as Finance Minister on June 1, 1996 and held the post till March 18, 1998.
|Career||* Joined as an Advocate in the Madras High Court in 1969
* Senior Advocate in 1984
* Practices in the Supreme Court and in various High Courts in India
|Political life||Elected to the Lok Sabha (Lower House) of the Indian Parliament from the Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu
Re-elected from the same constituency in the succeeding general elections held in 1989, 1991, 1996 and 1998
|Interests||Interested in Modern Literature especially Tamil Literature
Trustee of the ‘Ilakkiya Chindhanai’ (Literary Association), Chennai, India
|Other facts||* Trustee of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
* Member of the International Advisory Council of Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies.
* On the Advisory Board of the Harvard University’s Centre for International Development.
* Has delivered lectures in many Universities in India and abroad
|Countries Visited||South East Asia, Australia, Japan, China, USA, Europe, Russia and South Africa.|
|Favorite Games||Tennis, Badminton and Chess|
Son: Karthik Chidambaram
Daughter-in-law: Srinithi Chidambaram
|Address||Office address: D-401, Gauri Sadan, 5 Hailey Road, New Delhi 110 001Permanent address: 16, Pycrofts Garden Road, Chennai 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India.
E-mail: [email protected]