Coronavirus pandemic ‘has turned 50 doctors and scientists into BILLIONAIRES – and half are from China’

THE GLOBAL coronavirus pandemic has turned 50 healthcare professionals into billionaires in the space of a year, according to a new report.

According to Forbes, 50 doctors, scientists and healthcare entrepreneurs earned billionaire status this year thanks to their scientific and medical contributions in fighting the global Covid outbreak.

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Carl Hansen, CEO of AbCellera, has a net worth of $2.9billion[/caption]

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Timothy Springer, the fourth-largest shareholder of Moderna Inc., now owns 17.3 million shares[/caption]

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Robert Langer, a legendary inventor and MIT professor, now has a net worth of $1.5billion[/caption]

But of the list, 28 of the newly crowned billionaires hailm from China, whicih is considered to be where the virus first emerged in December 2019.

Particulary notable entires to the list include Uğur Şahin, the physician who co-founded BioNTechthe company that helped develop the Pfizer vaccine.

Another notable new billionaire is Stéphane Bancel, the CEO of Moderna.

Şahin has amassed a net worth of $4.2billion since January and Bancel has reached $4.1billion, according to the figures published in the Forbes report.

Government officials immediately turned to the healthcare industry for help with rolling out a vaccination.

Moderna and Pfizer have both made good on their promises to create a vaccine for the virus by the end of 2020. 

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Ugur Sahin, Chairman of Biontech, tops the lost of healthcare billionaires with a net worth of $4.2billion[/caption]

THE 50 BILLIONAIRES OF COVID-19

The top ten healthcare billionaires, according to Forbes

1. Uğur Şahin, of Germany – Net Worth: $4.2billion

2.  Stéphane Bancel, of France – Net worth: $4.1billion

3. Yuan Liping, of Canada – Net worth: $4.1billion

4. Hu Kun, of China – Net worth: $3.9billion

5. Carl Hansen, of Canada – Net worth: $2.9billion

6. Timothy Springer, of the US – Net worth: $2billion

7. Sergio Stevanato, of Italy – Net worth: $1.8billion

8. Robert Langer, of the US – Net worth: $1.5billion

9. Premchand Godha, of India – Net worth: $1.4billion

10. August Troendle, of the US – Net worth: $1.3billion

Forbes reported an additional 40 new healthcare industry billionaires during the 2020 pandemic:

11. Li Juanquan & family, of China – Net worth: $7.9billion

12. Jian Jun, of China – Net worth: $4.4billion

13. Ye Xiaoping, of China – Net worth: $4.2billion

14. Hao Hong, of the US – Net worth: $3.4billion 

15. Jin Lei, of China – Net worth: $3.2billion 

16. Liu Fangyi, of China – Net worth: $3.2billion

17. Lv Jianming, of China – Net worth: $3.1billion

18. Gan Zhongru, of China – Net worth: $2.8billion

19. Weng Xianding, of China – Net worth: $2.8billion

20. Chen Xiao Ying, of China – Net worth: $2.7billion

21. Xie Juhua & family, of China – Net worth: $2.6billion

22. Dai Lizhong, of China – Net worth: $2.5billion 

23. Miao Yongjun, of China – Net worth: $2.5billion

24. Hu Gengxi & family, of China – Net worth: $2.3billion 

25. Li Zhibiao, of China – Net worth: $2.3billion 

26. Lin Zhixiong & family, of China – Net worth: $2.1billion 

27. Alberto Siccardi & family, of Switzerland – Net worth: $2.1billion

28. Gao Yi & family, of China – Net worth: $2billion 

29. Lin Zhijun, of China – Net worth: $2billion 

30. Xie Liangzhi & family, of China – Net worth: $2billion 

31. Chen Baohua, of China – Net worth: $1.8billion

32. Zhu Yiwen & family, of China – Net worth: $1.8billion

33. Li Wenmei & family, of China – Net worth: $1.7billion

34. Lin Jie & family, of China – Net worth: $1.7billion

35. Liu Xiucai & family, of the US – Net worth: $1.6billion

36. Pu Zhongjie & family, of China – Net worth: $1.6billion 

37. Rao Wei & family, of China – Net worth: $1.6billion 

38. Ren Jinsheng & family, of China – Net worth: $1.6billion

39. Xiong Jun & family, of China – Net worth: $1.5billion 

40. Yi Xianzhong & family, of China – Net worth: $1.5billion 

41. Felix Baker, of the US – Net worth: $1.4billion

42. Julian Baker, of the US – Net worth: $1.4billion  

43. Rajendra Agarwal, of India – Net worth: $1.3billion

44. Banwarilal Bawri, of India – Net worth: $1.3billion 

45. Girdharilal Bawri, of India – Net worth: $1.3billion 

46. Benedicte Find, of Denmark – Net worth: $1.3billion

47. Alan Miller & family, of the US – Net worth: $1.3billion

48. Zhong Ming & family, of China – Net worth: $1.3billion 

49. Yuan Jiandong & family, of China – Net worth: $1.1billion 

50. Fan Minhua, of China – Net worth: $1.1billion 

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Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel has amassed a net worth of $4.1billion, according to Forbes[/caption]

And BioNTech’s stock increased by 160 per cent since partnering with the pharmaceutical giant this year.

Masschusettes-based Moderna recently started being rolled out to nursing home staff and residents following approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Doses of the two vaccines have already been administered in the UK and the US.

Other newcomers on the list include Yuan Liping, whose net worth skyrocketed to $4.1billion.

Yuan, who owns 24 per cent of Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products has become Canada’s richest woman.

And Hu Kun, who chairs China’s Contec Medical Systems, finished the year with an estimated net worth of $3.9billion. 

Meanwhile, days before Xmas it was reported that Elon Musk’s net worth jumped nearly $9billion to $167.3billion, boosting his status as the second wealthiest person on earth. 

Musk’s fortune hit a new high as Tesla, of which he is CEO, prepared to debut in the S&P 500, a major stock market index.

The entrepreneur has grown his fortune by $139.7billion this year, and only Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has a higher net worth, estimated to be $187.3billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index

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