A pioneering editor and publisher, Minhaz Merchant began his career as a reporter with The Times of India and later joined India Today as Mumbai bureau chief. He has been a columnist for The Times of India, The Economic Times, Sunday Times, The Asian Age and The Telegraph and written for international newspapers, including The Times, London.
Merchant founded Sterling Newspapers Pvt. Ltd to become, at twenty-five, the youngest chairman and editor-in-chief of an independent mainstream publishing group in India. Within a decade, he built Sterling into one of India’s fastest-growing media houses with pioneering magazines such as Gentleman, TV and Video World, Technocrat, Business Computer, Mega City and GFQ. He was among the first Indian publishers to establish a tie-up with an international media conglomerate—the Holland-based VNU, now renamed The Nielsen Group.
He is chairman and editor-in-chief of Merchant Media Ltd, a publishing firm, and heads the company’s research unit, Global Intelligence Review.