Natasha Poonawalla, the wife of Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII), is a well-known socialite and philanthropist in India. She was born on November 26, 1981, and grew up in Pune, Maharashtra. Natasha is the Executive Director of SII and also chairs the Villoo Poonawalla Foundation. Her husband, Adar Poonawalla, is often referred to as “India’s vaccine man.”
Natasha and Adar Poonawalla met at a New Year’s party in Goa and got married in 2006. They are proud parents of two sons, Cyrus and Darius.
Natasha Poonawalla received her schooling from St. Mary’s School in Pune and completed her graduation from Savitribai Phule Pune University. She further pursued a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
The Poonawalla family resides in Lincoln House, a mansion with a value of Rs 750 crore. This historic mansion, designed in 1933 by British architect Claude Batley, was originally built for the Maharaja of Wankaner, HH Sir Amarsinhji Banesinhji, and his son Pratapsinhji Jhala. In 1957, ownership of the mansion was transferred to the US government on a lease for just 18 lakh, with a ‘lease of perpetuity for 999 years’ condition. For several years, Lincoln House served as the Consulate General of the United States in Mumbai.
In September 2015, Adar Poonawalla’s father, Cyrus Poonawalla, who is the Chairman of the Poonawalla Group and one of the wealthiest individuals in India, purchased the mansion for Rs 934 crore.