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Murali Divi: Scientist with $5.8B net worth left for US with just Rs.500 in hand

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One of the wealthiest scientists in the world Murali Divi,  had only Rs 500 when he departed for the United States when he was just 25 years old. Murali Divi, founded Divi’s Labs, and has a personal wealth of 5.8 billion US dollars Divi’s Labs is one of the top three makers of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). 

It has a market capitalisation of over Rs 1.3 lakh crore, which is over $17 billion, Murali Divi’s family originally comes from a village in Andhra Pradesh, and his father worked for the state government. There was a time when Murali Divi’s grandfather managed to keep his family afloat on a pension payment of 10,000 rupees each and every month.

In 1976, Murali Divi relocated to the United States, where he began a career as a pharmacist. It is interesting to note that despite failing his intermediate examinations twice, Murali Divi did not give up on pursuing his goals. According to Forbes India, Murali Divi traveled to the United States when he was only 25 years old and had only Rs 500 in his possession.

Murali Divi enjoyed some kind of success in the United States, where he worked for businesses such as Trinity Chemical and Fike Chemical and made an annual salary of $65,000 USD.

Murali Divi, on the other hand, went back to India after a few years abroad with 40,000 USD but no concrete plans for the future. In 1984, Divi joined hands with Kallam Anji Reddy to build Cheminor, which was merged with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in 2000.

In 1990, following a period of six years spent working at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Murali Divi established Divi’s Laboratories and began working on the development of commercial procedures for the production of APIs and intermediates. at the year 1995, Murali Divi established its first manufacturing plant at Choutuppal, which is located in the state of Telangana.

In 2002, he established the second production plant for the firm somewhere in the vicinity of Visakhapatnam. In March of 2022, Divi’s Laboratories, which is situated in Hyderabad, reported having a revenue of Rs 88 billion.

The Pre-University College that Murali Divi attended was located in Machilipatnam. For his graduation, he attended MIT, Manipal Academy of Higher Education. The Bachelor of Pharmacy program at the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences was successfully completed by Murali Divi.

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