Being a doctor is a lucrative profession. This is why they have a reputation for being a good catch among women. But doctors have more than just fat pockets. Most of the doctors who are at the top of their game are charitable fellas who use their wealth for charitable causes like finding the cure for harmful diseases and providing healthcare for the poor.
Curious about how much the wealthiest doctors are worth? Read on to learn more about the world’s 12 richest doctors.
1. Patrick Soon-Shong
Dr. Soon-Shiong is an American surgeon and professor at University of California at Los Angeles. He is also a medical researcher, entrepreneur, philanthropist and the wealthiest doctor in the world with a net worth of almost $12 billion. He is known for funding children’s hospitals and searching for solutions to the rising costs of healthcare.
2. Thomas Frist Jr.
Before co-founding the Hospital Corporation of America with his father, Dr. Frist initially worked as an air force surgeon. Now, his company makes more than $29 billion annually by buying and selling hospitals. Presently, he is worth over $7 billion and has been inducted into the Healthcare Hall of Fame.
3. Phillip Frost
While he never actually used his degree to practice medicine, Dr. Frost went on to teach dermatology and establish a pharmaceutical company called Ivax which he sold for $7.8 billion. He is currently the chairman of Teva Pharmaceuticals and has a net worth of $3.8 billion.
4. Wu Yiling
Dr. Yiling comes from a family of doctors and he practiced Chinese medicine for over a decade before building his medical empire. In 1992, he founded a pharmaceutical company that sells herbal medicines. His company is still doing very well and the doctor is now worth $1.7 billion.
5. Gary Michelson
Dr. Michelson is an orthopedic spinal surgeon who has made his mark in the medical industry by securing 250 patents in orthopedic device, instruments and methods. After a legal settlement with Medtronic over the use of his patents, he amassed his fortune of $1.55 billion. The ingenious doctor is now an active advocate of animal rights and has created the Michelson prize to find a non-surgical method to sterilize cats and dogs.
6. Dr. Phil McGraw
Who doesn’t know Dr. Phil? He became a famous personality after he established a respectable career as a psychologist. He now hosts his own show “The Dr. Phil Show” which is one of the top daytime television programs on air today. He has an annual salary of $80 million and a net worth of $280 million.
7. James Andrews
Being a specialist in repairing damaged ligaments, Dr. Andrews is the go-to surgeon of the world’s most famous athletes. He is the top surgeon at Andrews’ Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and has a net worth from $10 to $100 million. He also authored several books such as “Any Given Monday: Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them for Athletes, Parents and Coaches – Based on My Life in Sports Medicine.”
8. Terry Dubrow
Dr. Dubrow is one of the most sought-after plastic surgeons in the Orange County area. His popularity has grown into TV appearances in shows like “The Swan” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” He has plenty of patients that his waiting list is rumored to be 6 months long. Dr. Dubrow currently has a net worth of over $30 million.
9. Leonard Hochstein
Based in Miami, Florida, Dr. Hochstein is a world-renowned plastic surgeon with a net worth of over $20 million. He specializes in breast enhancements and appears on the show “The Real Housewives of Miami.”
10. Robert Rey
Dr. Rey is a Brazilian plastic surgeon who has made over 100 different television appearances with the most popular being his appearances on Dr. 90210. He is in private practice in Beverly Hills and is known to be one of the best plastic surgeons in the area. He has a net worth of over $15 million.
11. Garth Fisher
Sharing the Beverly Hills spotlight with Dr. Rey is Dr. Fisher. His patient list is filled with names of the rich and famous including the Kardashians. He used to appear on ABC’s Extreme Makeover and has a net worth of about $15 million.
12. Mehmet Oz
Dr. Oz is another doctor who rose to fame because of his media exposure especially from his appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon who is known for the books he authored. He is known for touting cures to common problems and has stirred plenty of controversy. Dr. Oz is worth over $14 million.