Assigning owner to upgradeable contract

When you deploy an upgradeable contract, per the documentation, the deployer is the owner of the contract so I can use onlyOwner modifier on certain functions. However, when I deployed the contract and called owner on the contract, the address was 0x. I fixed it by calling the __Ownable_init() function in my initializer. Here is the contract code

//SPDX-License-Identifier: Unlicense
pragma solidity ^0.8.0;
import "hardhat/console.sol";
import "@openzeppelin/contracts-upgradeable/access/OwnableUpgradeable.sol";
import "@openzeppelin/contracts-upgradeable/proxy/utils/Initializable.sol";

contract Token is Initializable, OwnableUpgradeable {
  string public name;
  string public symbol;

  uint256 public totalSupply;

  mapping(address => uint256) balances;

  function initialize(string memory _name, string memory _symbol, uint256 _totalSupply) public initializer {
    name = _name;
    symbol = _symbol;
    totalSupply = _totalSupply;
    balances[msg.sender] = totalSupply;

Although __Ownable_init works, I am not sure if that is the right solution to set the owner, it is nowhere in the documentation. Can someone tell me if I am doing anything wrong? I thought the owner will be set to the deployer address automatically.

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Hi @mmurthy,

Yes, that is how you initialize the owner.
See the documentation:

As we don’t use constructors to initialize our upgradeable contracts we need to call the initialize function.