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Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

 

America is world-renowned for its entrepreneurial business spirit, and this spirit is fueled in large part by immigrants. In every economic census since 1880, immigrants are more likely to be self-employed than the native-born population. While some of these immigrant entrepreneurs were highly educated, many were not. In fact, the only characteristic they share is the courage to leave their home countries and the drive and determination to start a new life in the United States.

Here is a tribute to the immigrant entrepreneurs who founded some of today’s most influential brands, midsize businesses that are the engines of regional economies and not-for-profits that enhance the lives of many Americans.

 

Fortune 500 Biotech/Healthcare Information Technology
Country of Origin Consumer Goods/Services Manufacturing
Financial Services/Real Estate Retail Social Entrepreneurs

 

Sample Fortune 500 Immigrant Entrepreneurs

James L. (J.L.) Kraft
Canada
Kraft Foods founder
Ranked 49 in the 2011 Fortune 500

Nigel Morris
England
Capital One Financial co-founder
Ranked 134 in the 2011 Fortune 500

Levi Straus
Germany
Levi Strauss founder
Ranked 496 in the 2011 Fortune 500

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Sample Biotech / Healthcare Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Kiran Patel
Zambia
WellCare Health Plans founder

Charles Pfizer
Germany
Pfizer Inc. co-founder

Ivor Royston and Charles Weissman
England and Switzerland
Biogen Idec co-founders

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Sample Consumer Goods and Services Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Nathan Cummings
Canada
Sara Lee co-founder

Theodore Deutschmann
England
RadioShack co-founder

James Gamble and William Procter
Ireland and England
Procter & Gamble co-founders

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Sample Financial Services/Real Estate Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Andrew Carnegie
Scotland
TIAA-CREF founder

Thomas Alexander Mellon
Ireland
BNY Mellon founder

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Sample Information Technology Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Sergey Brin
Russia
Google co-founder

Jerry Yang
Taiwan
Yahoo! Inc. co-founder

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Sample Manufacturing Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Albert Butz
Switzerland
Honeywell International co-founder

John Pitcairn Jr.
Scotland
PPG Industries co-founder

Frederick Weyerhäuser
Germany
Weyerhaeuser co-founder

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Sample Retail Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Max and Morris Feldberg
Russia
TJX, BJ’s Wholesale Club co-founders

Maxwell Kohl
Poland
Kohl’s founder

John W. Nordstrom
Sweden
Nordstrom co-founder

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Sample Social Immigrant Entrepreneurs

John Muir
Scotland
The Sierra Club co-founder

Zainab Salbi
Iraq
Women for Women International co-founder

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