Forbes: 40 New Billionaires Who Got Rich Fighting Covid-19 By Developing Vaccines, Antibodies Etc. | See Full List

Li Jianquan & family, Stéphane Bancel, Liu Fangyi, Liu Fangyi, Uğur Şahin and other 35 people who made it in the Forbes new Billionaire list through fighting Covid-19.

This year’s billionaires are worth a combined $13.1 trillion, up from $8 trillion last year, Forbes said. 

“The very, very rich got very, very richer,” said Forbes’ Chief Content Officer Randall Lane, in an interview with Reuters Video News.

The 57-year-old Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tops the list of Forbes billionaires for the fourth consecutive year with a surge worth increased to $177 billion, up to $64 billion from a year ago as a result of a spike in Amazon shares, the media company said on Tuesday, April 6. 

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk was the biggest gainer as he rocketed to the second spot with a $151 billion fortune, a whopping $126.4 billion gain a year ago when he ranked No. 31 and was worth $24.6 billion, click here to see the top ten billionaires in the world in 2021.

This year’s list has 493 newcomers, including Whitney Wolfe Herd, chief executive of the dating app Bumble, which went public this year. Investor and business tycoon Warren Buffett fell out of the top five for the first time in over two decades, as tech executives dominate the Forbes rankings.

Among the newcomers, according to Forbes, made their fortunes developing new vaccines and promising antibody treatments, while others sell much-needed diagnostic tests and personal protective equipment.

The richest of these new billionaires is Li Jianquan, the president of Chinese medical products manufacturer Winner Medical, which ramped up production of masks and medical overalls to supply frontline workers across the globe. Winner Medical’s IPO on the Shenzhen stock exchange in September 2020 instantly made Jianquan, 64, a billionaire several times over thanks to his 68% stake in the company, worth $6.8 billion.

Some vaccine companies have been so successful that their rise over the last year has minted several new billionaires from the same company, including four apiece from Moderna and Tianjin-based CanSino Biologics, which saw its one-shot vaccine approved by Chinese regulators in February. And it’s not just the vaccine discoverers: companies that mass produce the vaccines and contract research firms that help firms run clinical trials have both reaped the rewards, creating new fortunes for people like Juan López-Belmonte López of Spanish pharma outfit Rovi and Karin Sartorius-Herbst and Ulrike Baro of German biopharma firm Sartorius AG.

Here are the 40 newcomers with ties to companies battling the Covid-19 pandemic; net worths are as of March 5, 2021.

Li Jianquan & family

NET WORTH: $6.8 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: CONSUMER PRODUCTS

CITIZENSHIP: HONG KONG

Jianquan’s Winner Medical made billions of masks and millions of protective overalls and gowns for healthcare workers fighting the virus.

Stéphane Bancel

NET WORTH: $4.3 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: MODERNA

CITIZENSHIP: FRANCE

Bancel is the CEO of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna, which had its Covid-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on December 18, 2020.

Liu Fangyi

NET WORTH: $4.2 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Liu Fangyi is the founder and chairman of Intco Medical, a manufacturer of personal protective equipment including gloves, face masks, isolation gowns and hand sanitizer.

Uğur Şahin

NET WORTH: $4 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: BIONTECH

CITIZENSHIP: GERMANY

Şahin is the CEO and cofounder of BioNTech, which he started alongside his wife and chief medical officer Özlem Türeci. BioNTech partnered with Pfizer to make the first vaccine authorized by regulators in the U.S., a milestone announced by the FDA on December 11, 2020.

Yuan Liping

NET WORTH: $3.6 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: CANADA

Yuan Liping received a 24% stake in vaccine maker Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products after divorcing the firm’s chairman Du Weimin in 2020. The company signed a deal with British pharma titan AstraZeneca in August to make at least 100 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine.

Hu Kun

NET WORTH: $2.5 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Hu Kun is the chairman of Shenzhen-listed Contec Medical Systems, which makes a range of medical equipment including pulse oximeters and pulmonary devices used to check lung conditions.

Chen Xiao Ying

NET WORTH: $2.4 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: HEALTH INFORMATION

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Chen Xiao Ying is an investor in e-commerce giant Alibaba’s online healthcare arm Alibaba Health Information Technology, which signed a deal with Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac in September to develop a digital platform for Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Dai Lizhong

NET WORTH: $2.4 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: MEDICAL TESTING

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Dai Lizhong is the chairman of diagnostics firm Sansure Biotech, which makes Covid-19 tests and had its diagnostic kits authorized by the FDA in May 2020.

Karin Sartorius-Herbst

NET WORTH: $2.4 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: BIOPHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: GERMANY

Ulrike Baro

NET WORTH: $1.5 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: BIOPHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: GERMANY

Karin Sartorius-Herbst and her sister Ulrike Baro own stakes in German biopharma outfit Sartorius AG, founded by their great-grandfather Florenz Sartorius in 1870. Sartorius provides lab supplies for Covid-19 testing and assists vaccine manufacturers in the development process.

Timothy Springer

NET WORTH: $2.2 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: BIOTECH

CITIZENSHIP: UNITED STATES

Timothy Springer.
Timothy Springer. BLOOMBERG

Springer is an immunologist and professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School; he was a founding investor in Moderna in 2010 and owns a 3.5% stake.

Gong Yingying

NET WORTH: $2.1 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: HEALTH IT

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Gong Yingying is the founder and chairwoman of Chinese healthcare tech firm Yidu Tech, which used its AI and big data technology to help the hard-hit city of Wuhan conduct contact tracing and coordinate its emergency response.

Weng Xianding

NET WORTH: $2.1 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: MEDICAL DEVICES

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Rao Wei & family

NET WORTH: $1.2 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Rao Wei and Weng Xianding are the chairman and majority shareholder, respectively, of biomedical firm Shenzhen New Industries Biological Engineering, which makes a number of Covid-19 diagnostic tests.

Sergio Stevanato

NET WORTH: $1.9 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: MEDICAL PACKAGING

CITIZENSHIP: ITALY

Stevanato is the majority owner and chairman emeritus of Stevanato Group, a medical packaging manufacturer that’s supplying glass vials for several Covid-19 vaccines as well as plastic parts for diagnostic tests.

Noubar Afeyan

NET WORTH: $1.9 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: BIOTECH

CITIZENSHIP: UNITED STATES

Noubar Afeyan.
Noubar Afeyan. ZUMAPRESS.COM/NEWSCOM

Afeyan is the chairman and cofounder of Moderna and the founder and CEO of Massachusetts-based life sciences venture capital firm Flagship Pioneering, through which he owns shares in a dozen publicly traded biotech companies.

Carl Hansen

NET WORTH: $1.8 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: BIOTECH

CITIZENSHIP: CANADA

Hansen is a former college professor at the University of British Columbia and the founder and CEO of Canadian biotech firm AbCellera, which partnered with Eli Lilly on a promising antibody treatment for Covid-19 that was authorized by the FDA in November.

Juan López-Belmonte López & family

NET WORTH: $1.8 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: SPAIN

López-Belmonte López chairs Spanish pharma company Rovi, which inked a contract with Moderna in July to fill and package hundreds of millions of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine at Rovi’s factory in Madrid, Spain.

John Oyler

NET WORTH: $1.8 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: BIOTECH

CITIZENSHIP: UNITED STATES

Oyler is the CEO and cofounder of Beijing-based drugmaker BeiGene, which signed an agreement with biotech outfit Singlomics Pharmaceuticals in August to develop, manufacture and sell Singlomics’ antibody treatment for Covid-19.

Robert Langer

NET WORTH: $1.6 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: BIOTECH

CITIZENSHIP: UNITED STATES

Robert Langer.
Robert Langer. BOSTON GLOBE VIA GETTY IMAGES

Langer is a chemical engineer and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he leads the eponymous Langer Lab; he owns a 3% stake in Moderna, which he helped start in 2010.

Ren Jinsheng & family

NET WORTH: $1.5 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Ren Jinsheng is the founder and chairman of pharmaceuticals supplier Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, which increased its production of antiviral drugs arbidol and zanamivir in response to higher demand in the hopes they could help treat Covid-19.

Arvind Lal

NET WORTH: $1.5 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS

CITIZENSHIP: INDIA

Arvind Lal.
Arvind Lal. COURTESY OF DR. ARVIND LAL

Lal is the executive chairman of Indian diagnostics chain Dr. Lal PathLabs, which offers Covid-19 tests at its clinics and collection points throughout India.

Prathap Reddy

NET WORTH: $1.5 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: HEALTHCARE

CITIZENSHIP: INDIA

Prathap Reddy.
Prathap Reddy. HINDUSTAN TIMES VIA GETTY IMAGES

Prathap Reddy is the founder and chairman of Indian hospital chain Apollo Hospitals Group, which launched more than a dozen post-Covid recovery clinics in October for patients suffering long-term effects from the disease.

August Troendle

NET WORTH: $1.5 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES

CITIZENSHIP: UNITED STATES

Troendle is the CEO and founder of Cincinnati-based contract research firm Medpace, which helps pharmaceutical companies run clinical trials for Covid-19 drugs and also offers testing services at its labs.

Liang Yaoming

NET WORTH: $1.4 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: DIAGNOSTICS

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Liang Yaoming chairs clinical testing company Guangzhou Kingmed Diagnostics Group, which processed tests for Covid-19 at its facilities throughout China.

Itaru Tanimura

NET WORTH: $1.4 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: HEALTHCARE

CITIZENSHIP: JAPAN

Tanimura is the founder of Tokyo-based online medical services provider M3, which offers its AI-powered image analysis technology to remotely diagnose Covid-19 by looking at medical images; the firm also ran clinical studies for Moderna’s vaccine at its facility in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Keith Dunleavy & family

NET WORTH: $1.4 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: HEALTH IT

CITIZENSHIP: UNITED STATES

Dunleavy is the founder of cloud-based healthcare data analytics outfit Inovalon, which is working with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to administer Covid-19 vaccines using its software platform.

Alan Miller & family

NET WORTH: $1.3 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: HEALTHCARE SERVICES

CITIZENSHIP: UNITED STATES

Miller is the founder and executive chairman of healthcare services provider Universal Health Services, which conducts testing for Covid-19 and treats patients at its network of hospitals across the U.S.

Cao Xiaochun

NET WORTH: $1.3 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Cao Xiaochun is the cofounder and director of pharmaceutical contract research outfit Hangzhou Tigermed Consulting, which supported clinical trials for CanSino’s Covid-19 vaccine.

Xiong Jun & family

NET WORTH: $1.3 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Xiong Jun chairs biopharma company Shanghai Junshi Biosciences, which worked with Eli Lilly to co-develop antibody treatments for Covid-19.

Zhu Tao

NET WORTH: $1.3 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Qiu Dongxu

NET WORTH: $1.2 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: CANADA

Yu Xuefeng

NET WORTH: $1.2 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: CANADA

Mao Huihua

NET WORTH: $1 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: CANADA

Zhu Tao, Qiu Dongxu, Yu Xuefeng and Mao Huihua are cofounders of Tianjin-based vaccine manufacturer CanSino Biologics, which received conditional approval for its one-shot Covid-19 vaccine from Chinese regulators in February.

Premchand Godha

NET WORTH: $1.2 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: INDIA

Godha chairs Mumbai-based generic drug manufacturer Ipca Labs, which had an FDA import ban softened in March 2020 to allow it to export the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine to the U.S. The drug was initially touted as a potential Covid-19 cure before the FDA discouraged its use in July.

Feng Yuxia

NET WORTH: $1.1 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Feng Yuxia is the president of Beijing-based contract research organization JOINN Laboratories, which helped conduct clinical studies of potential Covid-19 treatments in the disease’s early epicenter of Wuhan, China.

Li Wenmei & family

NET WORTH: $1.1 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

CITIZENSHIP: CHINA

Li Wenmei is the cofounder and general manager of diagnostic test supplier Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech, which makes a range of Covid-19 tests.

M.Satyanarayana Reddy

NET WORTH: $1.1 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: INDIA

He is the founder and chairman of Hyderabad-based drugmaker MSN Group, which started producing a low-cost version of the Covid-19 antiviral favipiravir in August.

Jack Schuler

NET WORTH: $1.1 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: UNITED STATES

Schuler is the former president of healthcare multinational Abbott Labs and the owner of a 7% stake in diagnostic firm Quidel Corp., which was one of the first companies to receive FDA approval for its Covid-19 tests in March 2020. He’s also an investor in privately owned Inspirotec, which is developing technology to identify the presence of Covid-19 in the air.

Yu De-Chao

NET WORTH: $1 BILLION

SOURCE OF WEALTH: PHARMACEUTICALS

CITIZENSHIP: UNITED STATES

Yu De-Chao is the founder and chairman of Chinese biopharma outfit Innovent Biologics, which is developing a potential antibody treatment for Covid-19.

post by: Dwomoh Dennis for thedistin.com.
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