Prathap C Reddy Success Story: Indian entrepreneur who founded the Apollo Hospitals

Prathap C Reddy
Prathap C Reddy: Indian entrepreneur and Chairman of Apollo Hospitals

This inspirational story of Prathap C Reddy will inspire you.

Many of you already heard of the success story of Prathap C Reddy – CEO of Apollo Hospitals Groups, and India’s largest healthcare entrepreneur. We hope you are going to enjoy the success story.

Who is Prathap C Reddy?

Prathap C Reddy is a cardiologist and Indian entrepreneur who founded the Apollo Hospitals, the first corporate chain of hospitals in India.

Dr. Prathap Chandra Reddy ranked 48th in India Today’s 2017 list of India’s 50 most powerful people. Prathap C Reddy received the Padma Vibhushan and awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1991.

From a single hospital, Reddy became India’s largest healthcare entrepreneur and founder of Apollo Hospitals Ltd with over 50 hospitals in the country and abroad.

Personal life

Dr. Prathap Chandra Reddy has four daughters: Sangita Reddy, Preetha Reddy, Shobana Kamineni, and Suneeta Reddy; all are serving as directors in the Apollo Hospitals Limited.

Why did Dr. Prathap C Reddy decide to set up Apollo Hospitals?

After he’d returned home to India in 1970 after nearly a decade in the United States. In Madras, Dr. Reddy lost a thirty-eight-year-old patient because the man could not mobilize the resources in America for a heart bypass operation.

Raghava Reddy, his father who suffered from a brain hemorrhage and his mother who succumbed to cervical cancer.

He was not able to save his own father. He could not save Kumara Raja Muthiah, his dear friend who died of a sudden heart attack.

Lodged in his mind is the thought that had Apollo been in existence then, the lives of all of them could have been saved.

It is a thought, and it continues to drive him to continually search for sophisticated systems and better technologies to improve health care in India.

The idea came to Dr. Reddy’s mind that if Apollo had existed at that time, all lives could have been saved.

This thought was constantly focused by Dr. Reddy on how health care is delivered in a country like India with a population of over one billion.

He transformed health care by bringing widespread awareness of a simple, sensible method. – “that prevention is better than cure”

He started schools and colleges for the training of nurses and children in rural areas in the belief that they should be part of the curriculum about health care.

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In 1983, he started the first Apollo hospital with 150 beds and introduced international quality healthcare to India. During his thirty-year entrepreneurial journey, he has truly transformed India’s healthcare landscape.

Today, Apollo Hospitals Ltd is the largest hospital chain with over 50 hospitals in the country and abroad.


  • Dr. Prathap Chandra Reddy has received many prestigious awards; some of his achievements of that time included:
  • Conferred the Lions Humanitarian Award
  • Ranked 48th in a list of India’s 50 most powerful people by India Today
  • 1991 – Received the Padma Vibhushan
  • 1992 – Received the Padma Bhushan
  • 1993 – The Mother St Teresa’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ award
  • 1998 – Sir Nilrattan Sircar Memorial Oration award
  • 2001 – Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award
  • 2002 – Top-50 personalities by Business India
  • 2008 – Lifetime Achievement award
  • 2013- Indian Lifetime Achievement Award by NDTV
  • 2013 – ICICI Group Modern Medicare Excellence award
  • 2013 – India Business Leaders Awards by CNBC TV18
  • 2017 – The ‘Iconic Man’ Award
  • 2018 – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2019 – All India Management Association Conferred Outstanding Institution Builder

Prathap C Reddy: Indian entrepreneur and Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Groups

The success story of Dr. Prathap Chandra Reddy is a learning curve for all entrepreneurs and upcoming start-ups.

He is a big inspiration for all of us. Entrepreneurs who are wishing to become a successful entrepreneur, his success story may encourage you to discover a unique idea.

He teaches us that the mantra of sticking to one’s roots and evolving from there is still a very successful one!

Dr. Prathap Chandra Reddy entrepreneurial journey is nothing less than a motivation. We hope you find the true inspirational story of success.

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