Vivek G. Ramaswamy (born August 9, 1985) is an American entrepreneur, author, and conservative political activist. He established Roivant Sciences, a biopharmaceutical firm, in 2014 after serving as an investing partner. He has been writing and speaking out against big tech censorship, critical race theory and stakeholder capitalism since 2020. In August 2021, he released Awake, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Fraud, after quitting Roivant in 2021. He published Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Path Back to Excellence in September, and in 2022 he co-founded Strive Asset Management, an investment company that opposes environmental, social, and corporate governance. He currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Strive Asset Management.
In a 2022 New Yorker story, Ramaswamy was referred to as “The CEO of Anti-Woke, Inc.”; in a 2023 Politico article, he was called “one of the intellectual godfathers of the anti-woke movement.” On February 21, 2023, Ramaswamy declared on Tucker Carlson Tonight that he would be running for president of the Republican Party in 2024.
Early and Personal life
Vivek was born in 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised there. His parents fled Vadakkencherry, Palakkad, Kerala, India, for the United States. His mother earned a degree from Mysore Medical College and worked as a geriatric psychiatrist, while his father earned a degree from a regional engineering institution in Kerala and served as an engineer and patent attorney for General Electric. Ramaswamy has suggested that American-style capitalism offers lower-caste Indians more economic options as a remedy for the caste system in India. In 2003, Ramaswamy completed his studies at Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School, a Jesuit secondary school. He was the class valedictorian and a nationally ranked junior tennis player in high school.
Ramaswamy received his A.B. in biology from Harvard College in 2007 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. The ethical issues highlighted by the creation of human-animal chimaeras were the topic of his senior thesis. In 2007, a summary of his thesis—which won the Bowdoin Prize for Natural Sciences—was printed in The New York Times and The Boston Globe. A post-graduate scholarship was given to Ramaswamy in 2011 by The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Ramaswamy graduated with a J.D. from Yale Law Schoo in 2013.
Ramaswamy first met his wife Apoorva while they were both students at Yale University studying law and medicine, respectively. Apoorva is an assistant professor and clinician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. They have two sons together. Hindu Ramaswamy is.
|Vivek G. Ramaswamy
|August 9, 1985Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Vivek Ganapathy, Geetha Ramaswamy
|Harvard University (AB)
Yale University (JD)
|Apoorva Tewari Ramaswamy
Ramaswamy and Travis May established Campus Venture Network in 2007 as a technology business that offered software and networking opportunities to student entrepreneurs. In 2009, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation bought the business. Ramaswamy worked as a partner and co-managed QVT Financials biotech portfolio from 2007 to 2014 while also studying Yale Law School from 2010 to 2013.
The Philanthropy Roundtable is a group that seeks to “promote excellence in giving, safeguard philanthropic freedom, and help donors advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility,” and Ramaswamy has served on its board of directors. Also, he has had a position on the board of directors of FreOpp, a nonprofit organisation that works to increase economic opportunity for those who lack it. He was elected to the St. Xavier High School Board of Trustees in 2021.