By | Shyla F | www.theweekendleader.com
When Sivakumar Jayabalan came to the US for his post doctoral fellowship at Georgia Medical College he had just USD 500 in his pocket. Today, 23 years later, at age 51, his net worth is estimated at USD 250 million, which is approximately Rs 2000 crore.
Sivakumar is the founder and CEO of Aiyan Diabetes Center located at Augusta, Georgia. He also owns commercial properties worth USD 7.5 million in Augusta and Royston, Georgia, and has stakes in medical startups.
The Tamil scientist who completed his Ph.D on blood cancer from the renowned Cancer Institute, Chennai, and conducted research on kidney transplantation and autoimmune diseases during his post doctoral fellowship in the US is now a full-fledged entrepreneur with very big dreams.
“I want to own a bank in America. Within the next three years, I also want to launch an international airline from the US,” says Sivakumar. “I intend to launch direct flights from the US to various destinations in India and also to locations and territories that were part of the Tamil Chola Empire.”