The question is as interesting as it is complex, but it boils down to this: is George P. Pattinson the next Batman or Superman?

The 64 year old Australian entrepreneur is already a wealthy man. He co-founded and led the company Innovo Pharmaceuticals, which was later purchased by a German firm. Today, he is known for his philanthropy and for being a major shareholder in various companies, including Sephora and L’Oreal. On top of all that, he’s a very funny and interesting man. So, which will it be: Batman or Superman?

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, shall we?

In 1968, at age 22, George P. Pattinson was inspired to become a doctor after he witnessed the effects of the pandemic on fellow students during the Vietnam War. After completing medical school at the University of Sydney in 1974, he worked as a private practitioner in his home town of Sydney. He also became interested in natural health and started taking a closer look at the environment in which he lived.

While doing research, he learned about the harmful effects of pesticides and industrial chemicals on the planet. This led him to found his company Innovo in 1985, which specialized in environmentally friendly pharmaceuticals. His first product was fludrocortisone, a synthetic version of the natural hormone, cortisone. After that, he introduced Cimzia, a pill that helped people with rheumatoid arthritis. It was an instant hit and enabled Innovo to grow quickly. Today, Cimzia is one of the best-selling drugs in the world. (1)

Innovative ideas and safe, clean pharmaceutical products have enabled George P. Pattinson to amass a net worth of about $13.9 billion as of April 2020. (Source: Forbes)

However, the founder of Innovo did not rest on his laurels, but continued to pour his energy into creating more change. He started a company called Seed Co, which provided organic food products to discerning consumers. He invested heavily in the company, helping it go public in 1998. In the following years, he helped lead the organic food movement in Australia and became a well-known brand ambassador for the country. (2)

The Curious Case of the Dual Identity

In 2007, George P. Pattinson decided to try something new. He saw the growing trend of people wanting to play video games while watching TV and decided to make his own hybrid. He called it the Xbox 360. (3)

It was an instant success. He launched a range of Xbox consoles in different countries and began to expand globally.

While he may be a self-proclaimed geek, George P. Pattinson is actually a dual identity. He has established a reputation as a generous philanthropist who contributes to various charities. He also has a more sinister side.

In 2018, he was investigated for multiple counts of securities fraud following an undercover operation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The fraud charges were eventually dropped, but not before Pattinson served a year-long term of probation. (4)

Rumors began circulating that George P. Pattinson was going to be sued by Warner Brothers over claims that he stole the idea for the Xbox from them. This is because the video game console was developed at a time when Microsoft was already working on the project. (5, 6)

While there are still rumors surrounding the patent dispute, George P. Pattinson and Warner Brothers have seemingly reconciled. In 2019, he purchased a controlling stake in Warner Brothers for $525 million. (7)

George P. Pattinson’s Philanthropy

It’s been said that money can’t buy happiness, but for George P. Pattinson, it can sure buy a lot of medicine and hope. He has used his wealth to fund medical research and treatment facilities across Australia. He has also donated millions of dollars to various educational and conservation causes. (8)

The founder of Innovo established the George P. Pattinson Brain Research Institute at the University of Sydney. He funded the construction of the Brain Activity Laboratory, which is used for studying the effects of microgravity on the brain. (9)

The research institute is named after Pattinson, but the money for it came from his company. He also donated A$500,000 to Sydney’s All Nations Christian College for the construction of a multi-purpose sports pavilion. (10)

Innovative ideas and safe, clean pharmaceutical products have enabled George P. Pattinson to amass a net worth of about $13.9 billion as of April 2020. (Source: Forbes)