Best known as the leader (Pramukh) of a conservative, Indian Maharashtra state political party called the Shiv Sena, this politician also edited Saamana, his party's Marathi news publication.
A photographer as well as a politician and newspaper editor, he was honored with a 2004 exhibition of his work at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai, India.
His son Aditya Thackeray had a career as both a politician and a poet.
He was appointed Chief of the Shiv Sena in 2004; two years later, a disagreement with his cousin Raj Thackeray resulted in the formation (by his cousin) of an opposing political party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
His marriage to Rashmi Thackeray resulted in two children. His father, Bal Thackeray, founded the Shiv Sena Party in 1966 after working for years as a creator of politically-themed cartoons.