The start of the pandemic changed the lives of many people, forced to close their businesses and even lose a large part of their assets. However, on the other side of the scale, the coronavirus has caused others to be the lucky ones to see their fortunes increase exponentially.

According to the updated data from Forbes as of September 17, 2021, these are the 20 analyzed healthcare entrepreneurs who have become millionaires in their fight against the pandemic. Among them, five belong to China and as many to the United States. Behind them stand out three of German nationality and two of India.

1. Ugur Sahin
Sahin, a German of Turkish origin, is the CEO and co-founder of BioNTech together with his wife Özlem Türeci. BioNTech partnered with Pfizer to manufacture the first vaccine licensed by regulators in the US. Thanks to this, in 2020 his fortune reached 5.2 billion dollars. It currently stands at $ 15.9 billion, ranking 132 among the richest in the world.

2. Stéphane Bancel
Bancel is the CEO of Moderna, of which he owns 8%, whose coronavirus vaccine was authorized in December by the European Medicines Agency. In March, Moderna was the first company to start its human clinical trials. All this has made this Frenchman one of the richest of the moment, currently occupying position 160 with a net worth of $ 13.7 billion.

3. Timothy Springer
Springer, born in the United States, 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. He currently has a fortune of $ 5.9 billion.

4. Noubar Afeyan
Of Lebanese origin and Canadian-American nationality, Afeyan is the president and co-founder of the Moderna company. In addition, he is the CEO of Flagship Pioneering, a venture capital firm, through which he owns shares in a dozen listed biotech companies. It has a fortune of 5,000 million dollars.

5. Robert Langer
He is a chemical engineer and professor at MIT, where he runs Langer’s eponymous laboratory. Like Springer, Langer owns a 3% stake in Moderna, which he helped start in 2010. This American is known for his research in the world of nanomaterials and being the father of smart drug delivery. It currently has a net worth of 4.8 billion dollars.

6. Sergio Stevanato
This Italian businessman has a current fortune of 4.3 billion dollars. Stevanato is the majority owner and Chairman Emeritus of Stevanato Group, a medical packaging manufacturer that supplies glass vials for various covid-19 vaccines, as well as plastic parts for diagnostic tests.

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Moderna announces a vaccine against the Covid-19 virus and influenza

7. Li Jianquan
Li Jianquan, from Hong Kong, chairs Winner Medical, a supplier of surgical products. His company made billions of protective masks and gowns for healthcare workers fighting the virus, as well as bandages and gauze products. It has a net worth of $ 3.7 billion.

8. Karin Sartorius-Herbst
German businesswoman Karin Sartorius-Herbst is worth $ 3.4 billion. His fortune comes from the company Sartorius AG, founded by his great-grandfather, of which he is a shareholder together with his sister Ulrike Baro and which provides laboratory material for covid tests and helps vaccine manufacturers in development.

9. Liu Fangyi
Liu Fangyi is president and founder of Intco Medical Technology, a provider of personal protective equipment such as disposable gloves or gauze. Currently, Fangyi, of Chinese origin, has an estimated fortune of 2.9 billion dollars.

10. Yuan Liping
The Canadian has a 24% stake in vaccine maker Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products. The company in August signed an agreement with pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca to produce at least 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. Yuan Liping is best known after divorcing her husband, Chinese magnate Du Weimin, considered the emperor of hepatitis B vaccines. She has a net worth of $ 2.8 billion.

11. Arvind Lal
Arvind Lal has a current fortune of $ 2.5 billion. He is an Indian and CEO of the Indian diagnostic chain Dr. Lal PathLabs, which offers COVID-19 testing at its clinics and collection points across the country. His company has 216 clinical laboratories.

12. Prathap Reddy
Prathap Reddy is the founder and president of the first corporate chain of hospitals in India, the Apollos, where he opened more than a dozen post-covid recovery clinics for patients suffering from the long-term effects of the disease. His company earns $ 1.5 billion and operates a network of 71 hospitals, 148 primary care clinics, and 3,766 pharmacies. It has a fortune of 2.5 billion dollars.

13. Feng Yuxia
Feng Yuxia has a net worth of 2.3 billion dollars. This Chinese is the president of the contract research organization Joinn Laboratories, which helped conduct clinical studies of potential COVID-19 treatments at the early epicenter of the disease in Wuhan, China.

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14. John Oyler
John Oyler is the CEO and co-founder of the Beijing-based biotech company BeiGene, which has entered into an agreement with the biotech company Singlomics Pharmaceuticals to develop, manufacture and sell Singlomics’ antibody treatment for COVID-19. He owns about 6% of the publicly traded company. Oyler, American, accumulates a fortune of 2.300 million dollars.

15. Ulrike Baro
She and her sister Karin Sartorius-Herbst, ranked 8th on the list, are shareholders in the biopharmaceutical group Sartorius AG, which provides laboratory equipment for COVID testing and assists vaccine manufacturers in development. It has a net worth of 2,200 million dollars.

16. August Troendle
Troendle is American and accumulates a fortune of 1.700 million dollars. He is currently President and CEO of Medpace, a company that helps pharmaceutical companies conduct clinical trials for coronavirus drugs and also offers testing services in their laboratories.

17. Gong Yingying
Gong Yingying is the founder and CEO of Yidu Tech, a technology company that used its artificial intelligence and big data technology to help the city of Wuhan conduct contact tracing and coordinate its emergency response. Yidu also provides services to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as research institutions, insurance companies and hospitals. He currently has a net worth of $ 1.6 billion.

18. Weng Xianding
Xianding is a majority shareholder in the biomedical company Shenzhen New Industries Biomedical Engineering, which performs diagnostic tests for COVID-19. It has a net worth of 1.6 billion dollars.

19. Itaru Tanimura
Tanimura is the founder of online medical service provider M3, which offers AI-powered image analysis technology to remotely diagnose covid. The firm also conducted clinical studies for Moderna’s vaccine. Sony owns a third stake in this company. This Japanese accumulates a fortune of 1,600 million dollars.

20. Cao Xiaochun
Cao Xiaochun, of Chinese origin, is a co-founder of Hangzhou Tigermed Consulting, a clinical research company for the healthcare industry. It has 1.6 billion dollars.

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