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While COVID-19 has swept the planet and has devastated the lives of millions not only healthwise but financially, it has also created billionaires in 2020. Forbes just recently listed 50 doctors, scientists, and healthcare entrepreneurs who have cashed-in on the pandemic. Sickness and death are big business. 28 of those billionaires are Chinese.

The virus first came to light in December of 2019 in Wuhan, China, and the race was on. It quickly spread across the planet and has allegedly killed more than 1.7 million people. Reports estimate that more than 18 million in the U.S. are infected and approximately 332,723 have perished from the virus.

The healthcare industry boomed even with personnel being furloughed because of lockdowns. Telehealth became the new norm and appears to be here to stay. Pharmaceutical firms began feverishly developing vaccines and in the process made a number of individuals very wealthy. Moderna and Pfizer have both made good on their promises to create a vaccine for the virus by the end of 2020 and their bottom lines will be impressive.

50 doctors, scientists, and healthcare entrepreneurs are tied to these medical breakthroughs. They have each graduated to billionaire status this year, according to Forbes.

The most high-profile billionaires of this elite club are Uğur Şahin, the physician who co-founded BioNTech, which helped develop the Pfizer vaccine, and Stéphane Bancel, the CEO of Massachusetts-based Moderna.

Sahin is standing at $4.2 billion since January and Bancel has just topped $4.1 billion in worth.

Sahin’s BioNTech’s stock has increased by 160 percent since partnering with Pfizer to develop one of the vaccines.

Bancel is from France and became Moderna’s CEO in 2011. He hit billionaire status in March after selling more than a million shares as the firm’s stock surged by more than 550 percent.

Another to hit the big time is Yuan Liping, whose net worth skyrocketed to $4.1 billion after her divorce from Du Weimin in June. She owns 24 percent of Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products. They produce vaccines. Yuan proceeded to become Canada’s richest woman following their divorce.

Hu Kun chairs China’s Contec Medical Systems. He became a billionaire this year with a net worth of $3.9 billion. His company makes medical products for hospitals which include, nebulizers, stethoscopes, and blood pressure monitors.

Carl Hansen is a Canadian and is now worth $2.9 billion as the CEO and co-founder of AbCellera. It is a biotech firm that uses artificial intelligence to identify promising antibody treatments for diseases.

Timothy Springer has a net worth of $2 billion. He was a founding investor in Moderna in 2010 when he put $5 million into the company. Springer has a 3.5 percent stake in Moderna. He’s worth a cool $1.6 billion.

Sergio Stevanato has a net worth of $1.8 billion as the president of Italian medical packaging firm Stevanato Group, the world’s second-largest producer of glass vials. His company is a prominent supplier of vials for more than 40 COVID-19 vaccines.

Here are the top 10 new healthcare leaders who have claimed billionaire status:

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Sergio Stevanato, of Italy – Net worth: $1. 8billion

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

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

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

And here are an additional 40 new billionaires that have been born out of the healthcare industry during the 2020 pandemic:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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