Chairman of Poonawalla group
Net worth – $8.5 billions (2017)
Cyrus Poonawalla was born in 1945 and seriously has one of the most badass last names of all time. Cyrus actually comes from a family who is very serious about horse racing. They own several farms with their main farm being called Poonawalla Stud Farms. While Cyrus is an advocate for horse racing, he felt that horse racing wasn’t going to lead to success for him. Instead he decided to get into the field of medicine and went on to study at the Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce and graduated in 1966 but it wasn’t for another 20 years that he would finally earn a PhD. During those 20 years he has spent the majority of his time producing vaccines to help protect children from several lethal diseases.
Since obtaining his PhD he has gone on to help create cures for children all around the world. While that earned him fame and even received the Padma Shri award for his contributions, the vast majority of wealth stems from his businesses. He is the chairman of the Poonawalla Group which owns several biotech companies in India. One of these biotech companies is the Serum Institute which is the largest producer of vaccines in India.