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50 Doctors, Scientists And Health Care Experts Have Become Billionaires During Pandemic

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50 Doctors, Scientists And Health Care Experts Have Become Billionaires During Pandemic

Fifty doctors, scientists and healthcare bosses have become billionaires during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a recent report in Forbes, 50 new billionaires have been made in the healthcare sector this year, with two of them being the men behind two of the Covid-19 vaccinations.

Uğur Şahin, chief executive of BioNTech, who helped create a coronavirus vaccine with Pfizer. Credit: PA
Uğur Şahin, chief executive of BioNTech, who helped create a coronavirus vaccine with Pfizer. Credit: PA
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Uğur Şahin, a doctor who co-founded BioNTech, the company that worked with Pfizer for the vaccine currently being used in the UK and Stéphane Bancel, who is CEO of Moderna, have both found themselves on the billionaire list this year.

Forbes reports that Şahin is now worth a staggering $4.2 billion (£3,1bn), while Bancel has a $4.1 billion (£3bn) fortune.

A couple of early investors in Moderna - Timothy Springer and Robert Langer - have also become billionaires off the back off the vaccine.

Elsewhere, Yuan Liping - who now owns just under a quarter of Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products, one of China's leading vaccine producers - became the richest woman in Canada following her divorce from company chairman Du Weimin.

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She's now worth $4.1 billion (£3bn), according to Forbes.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

But it's not just the vaccines pulling in the big bucks. Hu Kun, chairman of Contec Medical Systems - a China-based company that makes medical devices - is now also a billionaire with a $3.9 billion (£2.9bn) net worth.

While Carl Hansen has amassed a $2.9 billion (£2.1bn) fortune, thanks to biotech firm AbCellera, where he is CEO and co-founder.

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The company uses artificial intelligence to help identify the best treatments for diseases.

Of course, these figures do pale in comparison to those that have been raked in by tech billionaires during the pandemic.

According to an article in USA Today, Amazon-founder and bona fide richest man in the world Jeff Bezos, has had a particularly good year.

His current estimated net worth is $186 billion (£138bn), according to Bloomberg. This is a $70 billion ($52bn) increase since this time last year.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

While rocket man Elon Musk has also had a good 'un, boosting his net worth by $68.2 billion (£50,488,119,000) between March and October.

Musk is now worth an estimated $160bn (£119bn).

You can check out the full list of incredibly rich people here - just try not to compare their 2020 to yours, eh?

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Topics: World News, Interesting, Coronavirus

Claire Reid
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