Cyrus Poonawalla

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Cyrus Poonawalla’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Cyrus Poonawalla

Eye Color


Place Of Birth

Pune, India


81 years old

Birth Date

May 10, 1941

Star Sign


Cyrus Poonawalla Facts

Child Star?




Education & Qualifications

Pune University

Net Worth

$24 billion

Current Partner

Villoo Poonawalla


Adar Poonawalla


Siloo Ponawalla


1.7m (5'4"")



Chinese Year

Year of the Snake

About Cyrus Poonawalla

Cyrus Poonawalla is the managing director of the Poonawalla group.

Cyrus Poonawalla's family initially did not have enough wealth to support his first business idea. Today, he is one of the richest business tycoons in the world!

The Poonawallas constitute a proud Parsi family, much like their business contemporaries, the Tatas. The Poonawallas, alongside the Tata Group, has been the pride of their community, as well as the country for their combined contributions to India's business growth. Much like the tata sons, Adar Poonawalla, the son of Cyrus Poonawalla, has been groomed by his father to take over the family business, starting off as the CEO of their biotech company. Read along to know more!

Cyrus Poonawalla's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Cyrus Poonawalla’s net worth?

The net worth of Cyrus Poonawalla has been estimated at $24.3 billion. His primary source of income is through his company, The Serum Institute of India.

How much does Cyrus Poonawalla earn per year?

There is currently no information on Cyrus Poonawalla's annual income. However, it is known that his group has an estimated annual income of $39 billion.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Cyrus Poonawalla?

Cyrus Poonwalla stands at the height of 5 ft 5 in (165.1 cm).

How old is Cyrus Poonawalla?

Cyrus Poonawalla was born on May 11, 1941, making him 81 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Cyrus Poonawalla was born in Pune, India, to a Parsi family. He is related to Soli Poonawalla, his father, who was a horse breeder. His family had a stud farm titled the Poonawalla Stud Farm, which meant that he grew up around horses, which provoked a keen interest in horse racing.

He completed his high school education at Bishops School in Pune before attending the Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce. He has also completed a doctorate from Pune University, where he actually won an award for his thesis.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Cyrus Poonawalla’s partner?

Though there is not much information available about his personal life, it is known that Cyrus Poonawalla was married to Villoo Poonwalla, and they also had a son, Adar Poonawalla. Adar Poonawalla is now the chief executive officer of the Serum Institute of India.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Cyrus Poonawalla did not actually start off his career in pharmaceuticals. In fact, at the age of 20, he had designed a prototype of a sports car, but in order for him to be able to sell that commercially, he needed a lot more money than his family could afford. This was when Cyrus realized that producing something that could be consumed by the masses was much more lucrative than being focused on the production of something that could only be consumed by the elite section of society. This was one of the factors that prompted his shift to pharmaceuticals. The other fact was a conversation with his farm's vet, where he learned that horses from the farm were donated to the government to extract horse serum and manufacture vaccines. Cyrus Poonawalla decided to attempt manufacturing cheaper vaccines by self-extracting the horse serum instead of sending the horses to another facility.

Cyrus Poonawalla created the Serum Institute of India in 1966, and it only took two years for his company to produce its first vaccine, which was an anti-tetanus shot. The Serum Institute of India eventually went on to produce a DTP vaccine to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, followed by an anti-snake bite vaccine. The ’80s was a landmark decade for Cyrus Poonawalla and Serum institute because India became self-sufficient in terms of Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Whooping Cough vaccines because of Serum Institute, which meant that the country did not need to import vaccines for these diseases anymore. In 1989, Serum Institute launched yet another vaccine, the measles vaccine, which quickly paved the way for it to become the largest vaccine manufacturer in the country.

1994 saw the World Health organization give recognition to the Serum Institute of India, allowing them to export vaccines all over the world. The recipients of these vaccines included organizations like UNICEF, which was a testament to the quality of vaccines produced by the Serum Institute. Cyrus Poonawalla had always been adamant about maintaining the quality of vaccines produced by the Serum Institute, but he was also driven by his passion for making sure that every child in India had access to vaccines and was protected. he launched the National Immunization Program, which aimed at making sure that every child born in the country had access to vaccines. The model was so successful that it was eventually adopted by international organizations. Even before the pandemic hit, the Serum Institute of India was already exporting its vaccines to over 100 countries. Since the pandemic, the biotech company has produced more than 1.5 billion doses, making it the largest vaccine manufacturer in the entire world. The company produces an annual total of over 1.5 billion doses of different vaccines.

Apart from being the managing director of the Poonawalla Group, Cyrus Poonawalla also has a keen interest in horse racing. Cyrus Poonawalla is a longstanding member of the Asian Racing Federation and has maintained his position as the sole representative from India at the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. His farm, The Poonawalla Stud Farm, is also the leading stud farm in the country, having won over 15 awards for being the best breeders in the country.

The Poonawalla group has expanded into a number of businesses, such as finance, energy, and aviation, among others. It includes companies such as Poonawalla Finance, Poonawalla Clean Energy, Villooo Poonawalla Greenfield Farm, and Poonawalla Aviation.

Charity Work

Cyrus Poonawalla has been a staunch advocate for Corporate Social Responsibility, having made sure that tetanus, diphtheria, and other vaccines are available at the lowest possible prices. The Poonawalla group has contributed to setting up schools for easier access to education, as well as repairing highways and roads in the city of Pune for better transport. Cyrus has also donated large amounts to the Leprosy Foundation and has also set up a rehabilitation center for those suffering from the disease. The Poonawalla group has also worked with several international organizations in order to provide free vaccination for girls.

What awards has Cyrus Poonawalla won?

Cyrus Poonawalla has been the recipient of over 30 prestigious awards and accolades for his contribution to the welfare of society. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian president in 2022. He has also received the Lokmanya Tilak Award. Forbes India has conferred Cyrus Poonawalla with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and he has also received a Lifetime Achievement Medal from the Indian Council of Medical Research. The Indian businessman has also been the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Asian Business Leadership Forum. Cyrus Poonawalla has also received a number of honorary degrees due to his life's work, including a doctorate from the University of Oxford and one from MIT. Cyrus Poonawalla was judged to be the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young in 2005 and also won the Business Leader of the Year award in London in 2014. He has also supplied over 100,000 doses of the measles vaccine to Ukraine for free.

Cyrus Poonawalla’s Hobbies And Interests

Cyrus Poonawalla is very interested in cars, and he owns a large collection of custom-designed sports cars and limos.

Other Interesting Cyrus Poonawalla Facts And Trivia

  • Cyrus Poonawalla's zodiac sign is Taurus.
  • Cyrus is known by the nickname 'King of Vaccines'.
  • Cyrus Poonawalla's business is headquartered in Pune.

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