Eric Thohir was born on May 30, 1970, in Jakarta and has an MBA obtained from the National University in Los Angeles. He started out in the family business and restaurant, Hanamasa, before starting the Mahaka Group. He also founded Yayasan Mahaka, which gives scholarships to underprivileged children. Now he is well known as the President Director of PT Visi Media Asia Tbk (Viva) and as the Chairman of Indonesia Private Television Association. He loves basketball and serves as President of the South East Asia Basketball Association until 2014. Eric is now President of Italian football team Inter Milan.