Surely there are very few good points about a world-wide pandemic, and nobody in business was jumping for joy as the pandemic hit. After all, moments after the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, markets collapsed completely and economies all around the world plunged into recession.
Billionaires tumbled down the Rich List and the impact was clearly seen from the poorest to the wealthiest folk.
However, fast forward a year and a bit later and Covid-19 has made several companies very wealthy indeed. In fact there are brand new billionaires – a record 493 new billionaires joined the Forbes Rich List! That includes over 40 who made their fortune fighting the Virus. They changed our lives – and saved so many. From providing face masks, producing hand sanitiser, creating the vaccines and making the covid-19 tests themselves.
Take a look at some of the Covid Billionaires.
Li Jianquan’s Winner Medical Company created millions and millions of masks and PPE for healthcare workers across the world.
Current Net Worth $6.8 billion
Stéphane Bancel is the CEO of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotech firm Moderna, known for its Covid-19 vaccine. There are several other ‘New’ billionaires with shares in Moderna.
Net worth $4.3 billion.
Liu Fangyi , chairman and founder of Intco Medical a supplier of disposable gloves, masks and most importantly hand sanitiser. Suddenly the entire world carries hand sanitiser, right?
Net worth $4.2 billion.
Uğur Şahin, CEO and cofounder of German biotech firm BioNTech, which partnered with Pfizer to make one of the first authorised Vaccines for covid.
Net worth $4 billion.
Gong Yingying is founder of the healthcare tech firm Yidu Tech, who used its AI and data technology to begin the contact tracing in China, and then the world, and coordinate the response.
Net worth $2.1 billion.
Juan López-Belmonte López chairs the Spanish pharma company Rovi, who fill and package hundreds of doses of the various Vaccines, at their factory in Madrid.
Net Worth $1.8
Rao Wei, Chairman of biomedical firm Shenzhen New Industries Biological Bngineering, they the main people behind the making of a number of Covid-19 diagnostic tests.
A few other ‘new’ billionaires are behind other covid testing companies.
Net worth $.1.2 billion