Balkrishna (known as Acharya Balkrishna,[3] born 4 August 1972) is an Indian billionaire businessman and chairman of the consumer goods company Patanjali Ayurved. He was reported by Forbes to have a net worth of US$2.3 billion as of May 2021.[3][4][5][6] According to Ashish Kumar of Arya Samaj, Balkrishna has successfully established and managed a global business without a formal education.[7]

Acharya Balkrishna
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Born (1972-08-04) 4 August 1972 (age 50)
Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh (present-day Uttarakhand), India
Occupation(s)Ayurvedacharya, businessman
Known forPatanjali Ayurved
TitleMD/CEO, Patanjali Ayurved

Early lifeEdit

Balkrishna was born on 4 August 1972 in Haridwar, Uttarakhand (then Uttar Pradesh) to Nepalese immigrants, Sumitra Devi and Jay Vallabh Subedi originating from Syangja, Nepal.[2][1] He spent his childhood in Nepal. He returned to India and studied at Khanpur Gurukul in Haryana, where he met Ramdev.[2]


On 5 January 1995,[8] Balkrishna, Ramdev, and Acharya Karamveer founded Divya Yoga Mandir Trust which was set up at the Kripalu Bagh Ashram in Haridwar.[8][9] In 2006, they founded Patanjali Ayurved,[10] a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company involved in the manufacturing and trading of FMCG, herbal, and ayurvedic products.[11][citation needed] Followers of Ramdev, NRIs Sunita and Sarwan Poddar, helped kick-start the business with a loan. According to Balkrishna, he had taken out a ₹50–600 million loan at a time when he had never held a personal bank account in his name.[12] In 2012, the company posted a turnover of 4.5 billion (US$56 million) which by 2015–2016 had risen to 50 billion (US$630 million).[13] Patanjali Ayurved's revenue from operations increased marginally to ₹9,022.71 crore in the year up to 31 March 2020, Revenue stood at about ₹8,522.68 crore in FY19.[14]

While Ramdev does not hold a stake in Patanjali Ayurved, he is the face of the firm and endorses its products to his followers across his yoga camps and television programmes.[13] Balkrishna owns 94% of the company and serves as its managing director.[15][5] He is a close aide of Ramdev.[16] Acharya Balkrishna listed in India's 50 most influential personalities 2020.[17] He was reported India's third-youngest billionaire by Forbes India Rich List 2020.[18] He is also second billionaire of Nepalese Origin.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Balkrishna lives in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, and is unmarried.[4]


  • General Secretary, Divya Yog Mandir (Trust).[20]
  • General Secretary, Patanjali Yogpeeth (Trust).[20]
  • managing director, Patanjali Ayurved Limited.[21]
  • Vice Chancellor, Patanjali University[22]
  • General Secretary, Patanjali Gramodhyog Trust [23]
  • Chief Editor, Yog Sandesh[24]
  • General Secretary, Patanjali Research Foundation[25]


  • Balkrishna was awarded the Champions of Change award in 2019, for his work in the field of Ayurved.[26][27]
  • Acharya Balkrishna was awarded the "UNSDG 10 Most Influential People in Healthcare Award", for his work in Healthcare sector.[28]
  • Acharya Balkrishna received "Best Wellness Impact Global award" from the[29]
  • Acharya Balkrishna honoured with "Bheeshma Puraskar" by Sant shree Gyaneshwar Gurukul, Pune.[30]
  • Acharya Balkrishna was awarded with AIMA Managing India Award 2018 for the "Transformational Business Leader of the Year" by Central Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.[31]
  • Acharya Balkrishna was awarded with "Shalin Manav Ratna Award- 2018" By Anoopam Mission for his contribution towards social welfare and Ayurveda.[32]
  • Acharya Balkrishna honoured with "Degree of Doctor of letter (Yoga) (Honoris Causa)" by S-Vyasa Deemed University Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana for outstanding work done in the field of Yoga and Ayurveda.[33]
  • Acharya honoured with "Geeta Ratna Samman" by Spirituality Consciousness Association in January 2018 for his contribution towards Yoga and Ayurveda.[34]
  • Acharya Balkrishna was awarded with "Indian of the Year Business Category- 2017" for his contribution to the country to strengthened the foundation of our society and has helped build Brand India in the process by CNN-News 30 November 2017[35]
  • Acharya Balkrishna was awarded with "Jashn-e-Youngistan Samman for Business Icon of the Year" by News 24.[36]
  • Acharya Balkrishna honoured with "Lokmanya Tilak Award 2017" by Tilak Smarak Trust on 1 August 2017 for his contribution towards promotion Yoga & Ayurveda[37]
  • Acharya Balkrishna Ji awarded with "Bloomberg Special Recognition Award" On 22 March 2016 for outstanding contribution in the field of Ayurveda.[38]
  • Acharya Balkrishna, was bestowed with "Bharat Gaurav" award by Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana and Punjab in recognition of his amazing work in the field of Ayurveda at a programme organised by Indian International Friendship Society at New Delhi on Saturday.[39]


Balkrishna has been recognized as one of the top 2 % world top scientists in a study conducted by Stanford University and Elsevier. Professor John PA Loannidis and his team from Stanford University, USA, has recently published this list together with Elsevier, Europe.[40]


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