Palanivel Thiagarajan is an Indian politician and the current Finance and Human Resources Management Minister of Tamil Nadu. He was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election in 2016 and 2021 from Madurai Central.
He is the son of the late P. T. R. Palanivel Rajan, who was also a well-known politician in Tamil Nadu. His grandfather, P. T. Rajan, was the Chief Minister of Madras Presidency from 4 April 1936, to 24 August 1936.
After completing MBA in financial management at MIT Sloan School of Management he began his career in 1990 as an independent consultant in Operations and Systems Improvement. In 2001 he joined Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. as Trader and Co-Portfolio Manager – Firm Relationship Loan Portfolio. He quit Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. as Head of Offshore Capital Markets in the year 2008. He then worked for Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore in the Global Capital Markets division. His political career lightens up in 2016 when he elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Madurai Central Assembly constituency. He has released a White Paper on Tamil Nadu's finances after a long time.