During a recent podcast episode, comedian and political commentator Bill Maher appeared to support Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
He told Ramaswamy: “’I like you…you speak so well and you’re such a nice guy. I think you could really go far.
“I have to say you are one of the few guys I find both disarming and alarming.
Although the entrepreneur-turned-politician is an unexpected addition to the race, he has come a long way since announcing his candidacy.
Here’s a look at who Vivek Ramaswamy is, including his career, personal life, net worth, and hopes of becoming the next president of the United States.
Who is Vivek Ramaswamy?
Vivek Ganapathy Ramaswamy is an American entrepreneur who declared himself a candidate for the Republican Party presidential primaries in 2024.
The Cincinnati native is the son of Hindu Tamil immigrant parents who left Kerala and settled in Ohio.
Ramaswamy graduated from Harvard College in 2007, earning a degree in biology. There he became president of the Harvard Political Union.
It was during this time that he co-founded Campus Venture Network, a private social networking site for college students who wanted to become entrepreneurs. The business was sold to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2009.
Meanwhile, Ramaswamy also worked for hedge fund QVT until 2014 and became a partner, co-managing the firm’s biotech portfolio.
In 2013, he received his law degree from Yale Law School. In the past, he has shared that by the time he graduated, he was already a multi-millionaire thanks to his blossoming career.
After leaving QVT, the entrepreneur founded biotech company Roivant Sciences in hopes of revolutionizing drug development.
In 2020, Ramaswamy became CEO of Roivant Sciences and its non-profit arm, Roivant Social Ventures. That same year, he also co-founded Chapter Medicare, a Medicare navigation platform.
Later, in 2022, he co-founded Strike Asset Management and served as its CEO until his resignation in February 2023, when he decided to focus on his political aspirations.
His political career
Ramaswamy had previously considered running for the 2022 US Senate election in Ohio, but decided against it.
On February 21, 2023, he officially declared his intention to become a Republican presidential candidate for the next elections.
With that in mind, he released his 20-year personal tax returns and challenged his rivals to do the same.
He supports and hopes to get elected on the anti-woke agenda.
His personal life
Ramaswamy is married to physician Apoorva Tewari. The two met while studying at Yale.
Together, the couple are raising two sons, named Karthik and Arjun.
He is known to be a vegetarian and is believed to be Hindu, like his parents.
He currently lives in New York with his family, but he also owns a home in Ohio.
What is Vivek Ramaswamy net worth?
Vivek Ramaswamy, 38, is a billionaire.
According to Forbes, the biotech investor and presidential candidate is worth more than $950m (£746,614,500), which puts his net worth above the billion dollar threshold and makes him one of the 20 Youngest Billionaires in America.
What are his polls for the US presidential election?
At the time of writing, Ramaswamy is in second place in US polls.
He would currently be tied with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at 10 percent each.
The top spot, however, is occupied by former President Donald Trump, who leads with 56 percent.
However, Ramaswamy’s progress is considerable. It was just 2 percent in June, and within weeks it was down to 10 percent.