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Cyrus Poonawalla





NET WORTH: $25.3 BILLION (As of 19th April, 2022)











Cyrus S. Poonawalla, aged 81 years (As of 2022) is a billionaire businessman in India. He is the chairman & managing director of the Cyrus Poonawalla Group. This also includes the Serum Institute of India. He was born in a Parsi family. His son Adar Poonawalla currently works as the CEO of the Serum Institute of India. With the belief that “horse-breeding and racing have no future in the socialist India of the time”, he experimented with cars initially and also built a $120 prototype sports car modeled on the D-type Jaguar in his school life. He took up his education at Bishops School, Poona, and graduated from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) in 1966. He was also awarded a Ph.D. by the Pune University in 1988 for his thesis entitled "Improved Technology in the manufacture of specific Anti-toxins and its socio-economic impact on the Society.''

Industry Affiliations and Associations

Dr. Poonawalla is a member of the following institutions and bodies:

  • The Equine Development Board, Government of India.
  • The Vaccine Production Board of the Ministry of Health, Government of India.
  • The Steering Committee of the Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network (DCVMN).
  • The National Institute of Biologicals under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
  • Member, Governing Council, National Horse Breeding Society of India.
  • Honorary Member of Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA).
  • Patron – Indian Academy of Vaccinology & Immunobiology.

Awards & Accolades

Some of the awards and accolades of Cyrus Poonawalla include:

  • Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of medicine, by the Government of India in 2005.
  • Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the category of Healthcare & Life Sciences in November 2007.
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for India in February 2015.
  • Honorary doctorate by The University of Massachusetts Medical School in June 2018.
  • Honorary doctorate by the University of Oxford in June 2019.
  • The 26th Punyabushan award [Pride of Pune]  at Balgandharva Rangamandir, Pune on  November 9th, 2014.
  • The Asian Award for the "Business Leader of the Year" at Grosvenor House London on 4th April 2014.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by Governor and Chancellor K. Sankaranarayanan, at the University of Pune's 65th Foundation Day in February 2014.
  • Best Vaccine Executive of the Year was awarded to Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla during the Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards Dinner at the World Vaccine Congress Asia event in June 2011.
  • “No.1 Biotech Company of the year” award for four consecutive years from 2006 to 2009.


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