100 smartest people in the UAE
Tue 26 Sep 2017 12:04 AM
Dr Shamsheer Vayalil

Company: VPS Healthcare

Designation: Managing director

Country: India

Country of residence: India

Few people in the region are unfamiliar with philanthropist, business leader and founder of VPS Healthcare, Dr Shamsheer Vayalil. One of the richest Indians in the GCC, worth an estimated $2.62bn according to the Arabian Business Indian Rich List 2017, he is one of the most influential healthcare figures in the Gulf.

A decade before health tourism was on the UAE’s economic agenda, Dr Shamsheer provided state-of-the art medical aid to scores of foreigners through his first hospital venture, before diversifying into correlated healthcare enterprises, including primary, secondary and tertiary care clinics and medical centres, pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. His sphere of influence has not only touched the lives of millions of patients across MENA and India, but has extended to the entire population of non-resident Indians (NRIs), after the government ruled in favour of a petition he initiated to allow them to vote from abroad.