Vivek Ramaswamy

Birth Name: Vivek Ganapathy Ramaswamy

Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 9, 1985

Ethnicity: Tamil Indian

Vivek Ramaswamy is an American entrepreneur, author, and political activist.

He is a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2024.

His parents, Geetha and V.G., are Tamil Indian emigrants, from Kerala. His father worked at the General Electric Plant in Evendale, OH. His mother was a geriatric psychiatrist in Cincinnati. He is married to assistant professor and surgeon Apoorva Tewari Ramaswamy, with whom he has two children. Vivek is a Hindu.

Vivek is one of several Asian-Americans to mount a notable campaign for a major political party’s nomination for President of the United States. The others are:
*Hiram Fong (who sought the 1964 and 1968 Republican nominations; Fong was of Chinese descent)
*Patsy Mink (who sought the 1972 Democratic nomination; Mink was of Japanese descent)
*Bobby Jindal (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Jindal is of Indian descent)
*Andrew Yang (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination; Yang’s parents are Taiwanese)
*Kamala Harris (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination; Harris’ mother was a Tamil Indian)
*Nikki Haley (who is seeking the 2024 Republican nomination; Haley is of Punjabi Indian descent)

Kamala Harris began serving as Vice President of the United States in 2021.

Vivek is one of five people who were at least partly raised in the Hindu faith to run for a major party’s presidential nomination. Bobby Jindal, Tulsi Gabbard, who also sought the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination; Kamala Harris, and Nikki Haley, are the others. Of the five, only Tulsi and Vivek still identify as Hindu.


1 Response

  1. suburbanwinemom2020 says:

    Change “Indian” to “Tamil.”
    Ramaswamy is likely his paternal grandfather’s name as Tamil people follow a patronymic naming system.

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