Born in 1961, Arunachalam Muruganantham (Padman) is a businessman and social entrepreneur from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Known as the inventor of the affordable sanitary pad-making machine, he is credited for spreading awareness about traditional unhygienic practices regarding menstruation in India. With all his success, what is the net worth of Arunachalam Muruganantham?
Arunachalam Muruganantham (Padman) Net Worth
Arunachalam Muruganantham has an estimated net worth of Rs 250 Crore (almost US$34 million). His invention brought affordable sanitary pads to hundreds of millions of woman across the world. His company is called Jayaashree Industries.
He was named one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ in 2014, and in 2016 was awarded the Padma Shri. Traveling the world, he has given lectures at many educational institutions across India as well as at Harvard University, USA.
The name of the pad made by Arunachalam is ‘low cost sanitary pad’. He estimates that he has sold around 2400 machines, all over India as well as in 17 other countries. His company is estimated to employ over 24,000 women..
Arunachalam lives with his wife Shanthi whom he married in 1998. Together they have a daughter named Preeti.
His TED talk has almost 500,000 views, and his amazing story was the subject of the 2013 prize-winning documentary by Amit Virmani, ‘Menstrual Man‘.
In 2018, the film Padman was released. It is an Indian Hindi-language drama film that was written and directed by R. Balki, and features the actors Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in lead roles.
From his TED talk: “When he realized his wife had to choose between buying family meals and buying her monthly supplies, Arunachalam Muruganantham vowed to help her solve the problem of the sanitary pad.”
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