Nagaraju Shiva Putta Swamy (born 12 July 1962), known by his screen name Shiva Rajkumar is an Indian film actor, producer, playback singer and television presenter, best known for his work in Kannada cinema. He is the eldest son of actor Rajkumar. In his career spanning over three decades, Shiva has worked in over 125 films. Shivarajkumar’s net worth was ₹641 crore (US$93 million) according to the Forbes list in the year of 2018.
After graduating with Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), Shiva made his debut screen appearance in films with Singeetham Srinivas Rao’s Anand (1986), which fetched him the Cinema Express Award for Best Actor. His first three films, namely Anand, Ratha Sapthami (1986) and Mana Mechchida Hudugi (1987) were all highly successful, earning him the title Hat-trick Hero coined by the media and his fan followers.
Shiva has worked in the film industry for over 30 years, featuring in films such as Anand, Ratha Sapthami (1986), Om (1995), Janumada Jodi, Nammoora Mandara Hoove, A.K. 47, Jogi, Bhajarangi, Killing Veerappan and Shivalinga which became milestones in the Kannada film industry and made records at the box office. He was conferred an honorary doctorate by Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University in 2014. In the year 2010, he made his television debut with the talk show Naaniruvude Nimagagi, aired on Zee Kannada.