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# 239 Patrick Soon-Shiong $8.85B

Random fact: Adjunct Professor of Surgery at UCLA.


Soon-Shiong became a billionaire after selling two drug companies: APP Pharmaceuticals and Abraxis BioScience. He sold APP to Fresenius Medical Care for $4.6 billion in 2008, and Abraxis to Celgene for $2.8 billion in 2010. He owns the Los Angeles Times and a 4.5% stake in the Lakers professional basketball team.

As of :
Last change +$41.9M ( +0.5%)
YTD change -$86.2M ( -1.0%)
Biggest asset Cash
Country / Region United States
Age 70
Industry Health Care
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Soon-Shiong's fortune largely is derived from the proceeds he accumulated selling two pharmaceutical companies, and from his stake in ImmunityBio.

He sold APP Pharmaceuticals for $4.6 billion to German drug manufacturer Fresenius in 2008. He collected $3.8 billion from the sale, in part thanks to an agreement that yielded him an extra $6 per share. He later sold Abraxis BioScience for $2.9 billion in cash and stock to Celgene in 2010. He received about $2 billion in cash and a 2% stake in Celgene for his 33 million shares of Abraxis.

NantKwest and ImmunityBio merged in 2021. A major shareholder in both biotech firms, Soon-Shiong controls about 80% of the combined entity, which kept the latter's name.

The billionaire has invested $1 billion in NantWorks, a closely held information technology development company. Through NantWorks he owns about 60% of publicly traded NantHealth, according to a regulatory filing. He also holds a stake in CytRx, a publicly traded biotech that's controlled by ImmunityBio.

Soon-Shiong bought the Los Angeles Times for $500 million in 2018. The asset is valued using its purchase price and the cost was deducted from his cash balance. He also owns a 4.5% stake in the Los Angeles Lakers, the professional basketball team. He bought the stake from retired Lakers star Earvin "Magic" Johnson for $27 million in October 2010. The team is worth about $5.6 billion, according to a December 2021 report by valuation consultants Sportico.

Katie Dodge, a spokesperson for Soon-Shiong, said the billionaire declined to comment on his net worth.


Family: Married, 2 children

Soon-Shiong was born in 1952 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to Chinese immigrant parents. His father had worked as a village doctor before fleeing China with his wife during World War II. After receiving his medical degree from Wits University in Johannesburg at age 23, Soon-Shiong moved to the U.S. to start surgical training at the University of California in Los Angeles. He joined the faculty of UCLA's medical school in 1983, focusing on diabetes treatment.

He left the university in 1991 to start VivoRX, a biotechnology firm. He renamed the company American Pharmaceutical Partners (APP) in 1997, and sold shares in a public offering four years later. He sold APP for $4.6 billion to Fresenius, a German drug manufacturer in 2008. He then sold Abraxis BioScience, which had been spun off from APP earlier, for $2.8 billion in cash and stock to Celgene in 2010.

  • 1952 Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to Chinese immigrants.
  • 1991 Leaves UCLA to work full-time on drug development.
  • 1993 Performs first pig-to-man cell transplant for diabetic patients.
  • 2005 APP receives FDA approval for breast cancer treatment.
  • 2008 Sells APP to drug manufacturer Fresenius for $4.6 billion in cash.
  • 2010 Celgene acquires his Abraxis Bioscience for $2.8 billion.
  • 2010 Buys 4.5 percent stake in L.A. Lakers from Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
  • 2012 Joins hedge fund manager Steven Cohen in failed bid for L.A. Dodgers.