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Millionaire businessman Vivek Ramaswamy mulls 2024 presidential bid

New York, Feb 14 (IANS) After Nikki Haley, who plans to announce her 2024 presidential bid by February 15, another Indian-American Republican looks set to throw his hat in the ring.

Millionaire businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, 37, who declared war on “woke” culture with his bestseller ‘Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam’, said he is “strongly considering”.

“Yes, I am strongly considering it,” Ramaswamy confirmed to Fox New Digital.

For this, the Butler County native has been making the rounds in Iowa, delivering a message against the invasion of woke liberal ideology in the business world, according to a Politico report.

A regular commentator on Fox News, the right-winger has been talking about the influence of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in business practices.

In a Twitter post, he said that he will be back in Iowa on February 23, in Scott County and in Des Moines, where he will talk about ideals and diversity.

“If you ask most people in my generation what it means to be an American, you get a blank stare in response,” he told Fox News Digital.

He further said that he is on a mission to deliver an answer to that question, and wants to “revive the basic ideas that set this nation into motion nearly 250 years ago”.

Ramaswamy’s net worth is reportedly in excess of $500 million, enough to seed his campaign through the key early states, the Politico report said.

So far, former President Donald Trump is the only candidate who has announced his 2024 bid in the Republican primary.

Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley will formally declare her candidacy for the White House at an event in Charleston on February 15.

With high-profile candidates like Florida governor Ron DeSantis expected to join the race, Ramaswamy’s chances are challenging, but he does seem confident.

“You know, maybe all of this is ill-advised and I’ll fall flat on my face,” he told Politico. “I don’t think that’s gonna happen.”

Born and raised in southwest Ohio, Cincinnati, to immigrant parents, Ramaswamy graduated from St Xavier High School and went on to Harvard and Yale.

At Yale, he was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

He founded Roivant Sciences in 2014 and led the largest biotech IPOs of 2015 and 2016, eventually culminating in successful clinical trials in multiple disease areas that led to FDA approved products, according to his website.

In 2020, he emerged as a prominent national commentator on stakeholder capitalism,free speech, and identity politics.

In 2022, he launched Strive Asset Management, a new firm focused on restoring the voices of everyday citizens in the American economy by leading companies to focus on excellence over politics.

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