DR CYRUS POONAWALA
He is the Indian business tycoon who needs no introduction! Cyrus Poonawala founded Serum Institute of India in 1966 and went on to make it one of the world’s largest vaccine makers; a story of grit and determination! Serum Institute, which owns Dutch vaccine maker Bilthoven Biologicals, is eyeing expansion in Europe and is close to acquiring a vaccine producer in Prague. With a net value of $8.6 billion, Dr Poonawalla is the 10th richest person in the country. The Padmashree awardee has recently contributed $2.5 million for a hospital named after his late wife, to treat the underprivileged.