Haute 100 Los Angeles Update: Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Today, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is honored for his humanitarian accomplishments.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

Category: Billionaires

Industry: Medicine

Company: Abraxis BioScience

What Made Him Haute: This medical genius was a doctor by the age of 23 and began to develop treatments for diabetes and cancer. He recently sold his American Pharmaceutical Partners to a German company for $5.6 billion. He will use this profit to build research labs for physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, and doctors to create a database of biological markers.

What Makes Him Haute Now: In September, Dr. Soon-Shiong will be awarded the 2010 Humanitarian of Vision award at the 40th Annual Vision Awards, which takes place in Beverly Hills. The award is presented by Retinitis Pigmentosa International, founded by Helen Harris, who herself is blind. Harris says Soon-Shiong is being honored for creating a new drug to treat metastatic breast cancer that is being used in other cancer treatments. He is the co-inventor behind more than 50 issued U.S. patents as well.