- Yusuf Hamied is the nonexecutive chairman of $2.3 billion (revenue) generics maker Cipla.
- The company was founded in 1935 by his father Khwaja Abdul Hamied, a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi.
- When the patriarch passed away in 1972, the Cambridge-educated Hamied and his brother Mustafa inherited the business.
- Hamied took on big pharmaceutical companies, offering low-cost generic drugs for diseases such as AIDS, earning the label of drug pirate.
- In 2020, Cipla launched a range of drugs to treat Covid-19, including a generic version of Remdesivir manufactured under license from Gilead Sciences.
Yusuf Hamied & family
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