PV Ramprasad Reddy, a Hyderabad-based businessman, has made a triumphant return to the billionaire club in 2023 after a two-year hiatus. The pharmaceutical tycoon now boasts a substantial net worth exceeding Rs 21,600 crore ($2.6 billion). Reddy’s remarkable journey from a humble clerk to a billionaire has served as an inspiration for many aspiring self-made entrepreneurs in India.

In a departure from the typical narratives in the pharmaceutical sector, Reddy, lacking a science degree, pursued his education in economics at Venkateswara University. After gaining experience working for various companies, he ventured into chemical trading. In collaboration with co-founder Nityanand, who brought sector expertise to the table, Reddy established Aurobindo Pharma in 1986, starting with a single factory in Pondicherry.

Reddy’s ascent from an entry-level clerk, educated in a vernacular language and hailing from a modest background, is a testament to his strategic acumen and risk management skills. Aurobindo Pharma went public in 1995, distinguishing itself by focusing on formulations rather than active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), transforming into a major player in generic drug manufacturing.

Today, Aurobindo Pharma is a leader in cardiovascular, gastroenterological, anti-diabetic, and anti-retroviral drugs. The majority of its revenue, approximately three-quarters, is generated from business operations in Europe and the US. The company, currently listed, commands a market capitalization exceeding Rs 57,000 crore.

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A pivotal moment in Reddy’s life occurred when he received the rare honor of being invited by then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to speak at the United Nations in November 2006. This distinction set him apart as one of the few representatives from his sector to address the global platform.