August 3, 2021

That’s how extravagant Indian vaccine billionaire Adar Poonawolla lives

Adar Poonawalla und seine Frau Natasha Poonawalla am 27. October 2019 in Mumbai, India.

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  • Adar Poonawalla is one of the richest men in India and has a family fortune of an estimated eleven billion US dollars, as reported by “Der Spiegel”.
  • His company, Serum Institute of India, is the world’s most successful vaccine manufacturer.
  • In his private life, the businessman spends his money on expensive hobbies such as horse racing or jaunts and an extravagant lifestyle.

Adar Poonawalla is one of the richest men in India. His company, the Serum Institute of India, is the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world and has brought him a family fortune of around eleven billion US dollars, as “Der Spiegel” reports. In the pandemic, the businessman is more in demand than ever, because his factory also produces AstraZeneca’s corona vaccine. But how does the largely unknown billionaire in Germany live and what does he spend his wealth on? An interview with the magazine “Spiegel” offers insights into the life of the Indian billionaire.

The Serum Institute of India sells nearly 1.5 billion doses of vaccine annually to around 170 countries. Poonawalla’s factory is also at the forefront when it comes to the production of a corona vaccine. The Pune factory normally makes measles, diphtheria or polio vaccines, which are used in two-thirds of all children worldwide. Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund, is one of Poonawalla’s major customers.

Since the pandemic, however, the company has been diligently producing around a thousand doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine per minute. This is mainly delivered to India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and South Africa. Poonawalla would love to help the EU out of its vaccination mess. In an interview with “Spiegel” he said that he could deliver up to 40 million doses in the next quarter to advance vaccinations in the EU. In a few weeks, however, it will first deliver to Great Britain and Canada.

Poonawalla has expensive hobbies and an extravagant lifestyle

While other companies and manufacturers fail at the core task of producing large quantities of vaccine in the shortest possible time, Poonawalla relied on quantity at an early stage. He produces a lot and sells it extremely cheaply. However, this means there is a risk of getting stuck on the corona vaccines that have been produced. Because the stored vaccines will expire in April, and many countries and states to which Poonawalla wants to deliver have not yet approved the vaccine. Nevertheless, he remains confident.

Poonawalla is not only a successful businessman, diplomat and ambassador to India, but also a man with an extravagant lifestyle and expensive hobbies. The 40-year-old is not exactly cautious about his success and his fortune: He likes to spend his money on racehorses, private jets, real estate and vehicles.

He had a former Airbus A320 converted into an office for his workplace. There are also paddocks in the middle of the company premises, of which Poonawalla owns several. Also on the outskirts of the city is one of his stud farms where he breeds horses. He likes to fly there in a helicopter, as it would be faster, he tells the “Spiegel”.

In his spare time, the billionaire likes to go for jaunts in the Batmobile

Poonawalla lives with his son and his wife Natasha, as well as with employees in a villa in Pune. The property is located on a street named after him, Poonawalla Road. In the basement of the property is his “Batmobile” – a converted, black painted Mercedes C-Class made of black paint – which Poonawalla has only driven three or four times so far. The billionaire had the car converted to take his son – an avid Batman fan – for a spin. Poonawalla even had bespoke Batman suits made for himself and his son in Hollywood from the studio that produced the Batman movie.

By the way, Poonawalla doesn’t get in any trouble for jaunts in his Batmobile, as he knows the police chief. Poonawalla is also known to other presidents and prime ministers who often help him to make his life as comfortable as possible – but at the same time they could also make his life as uncomfortable as possible.

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