Rao Makineni co-founded the Fox Chemical Company and later co-founded Bachem, setting up laboratories in Switzerland and California.
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Makineni is a major donor to Southern California arts and theatrical institutions. He and his wife donated $1,000,000 to the La Jolla Playhouse, funding a development center within the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center where new plays are rehearsed and Opening Night celebrations are often held.
He was also a producer of the short-lived 2015 Broadway revival of Doctor Zhivago.
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