Vivek Ganapathy Ramaswamy, born on August 9, 1985, is an American entrepreneur and a presidential candidate. He founded Roivant Sciences, a pharmaceutical company, in 2014. In February 2023, Ramaswamy declared his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination in the 2024 United States presidential election.
Ramaswamy was born in Cincinnati to Indian immigrant parents. He graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in biology and later earned a J.D. from Yale Law School. Before founding Roivant Sciences, Ramaswamy worked as an investment partner at a hedge fund. He also co-founded an investment firm, Strive Asset Management.
Ramaswamy claims the United States is in the middle of a national identity crisis precipitated by what he calls “new secular religions like COVID -ism, climate-ism, and gender ideology”. He is also a critic of environmental, social, and corporate governance initiatives (ESG).
In August 2023, Forbes estimated Ramaswamy’s net worth at more than $950 million; his wealth comes from biotech and financial businesses. He has been actively involved in political discussions and debates.