Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on July 29, 1952. South-African born American surgeon, medical researcher, businessman, philanthropist, and professor, Patrick Soon-Shiong has an estimated net worth of $12.3 billion, according to Forbes; making him the richest doctor in the world. As of October 2018, his net worth declines to $7.2 billion.
Patrick Soon-Shiong obtained his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand before completing his internship at Johannesburg’s General Hospital and receiving a Master of Science degree from the University of British Columbia. He created two drug firms; American Pharmaceutical Partnership (APP) and Abraxis. App initially sole shares to the public in 2001 but was eventually and wholely acquired by Germany’s Fresenius in 2008 for $6.5 billion followed by Abraxis for $2.9 billion in 2010. A year later, he founded NantWorks which has been developing new treatments for cancer. His medical research and development for the metastatic breast cancer has made him a well-recognized and respected doctor in the medical field. And for that, he has won many medical researching accolades. Dr. Soon-Shiong currently is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) and the American College of Surgeons, the Chan Soon-Siong Family Foundation’s Chairman, and CEO and Chairman of the Chan Soon-Siong Institute for Advanced Health, National LambdaRail, the Healthcare Transformation Institute, and NantWorks, LLC. His philanthropic works include a $5 million give away to the University of Chicago for the development of a technology to enhance patient care and a $136 million donation to St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He is minority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers as well.