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Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame: Fortune 500

Some of the largest companies and best known brands in the United States were founded by immigrants. A study conducted by the Partnership for a New American Economy concluded that 40 percent of the Fortune 500 were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Here we have profiled 29 of these immigrant entrepreneurs. They were inventors, financiers, pioneers and philanthropists. Today, the companies they founded collectively produce more than $1.1 trillion in annual revenue.

 
Elihu Thomson
England
General Electric co-founder
Ranked 8 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 
AT&T logoAlexander Graham Bell
Scotland
AT&T and Verizon founder
Ranked 12 and 15 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

James Gamble and William Procter
Ireland and England
Procter & Gamble co-founders
Ranked 32 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Google LogoSergey Brin
Russia
Google co-founder
Ranked 40 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Daniel Aaron
Germany
Comcast co-founder
Ranked 43 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Pfizer LogoCharles Pfizer
Germany
Pfizer Inc. co-founder
Ranked 56 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Albert Butz
Switzerland
Honeywell International founder
Ranked 74 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Dupont Corporate WebsiteE. I. du Pont
France
DuPont co-founder
Ranked 87 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

James L. (J.L.) Kraft
Canada
Kraft Foods Group, Mondelez International founder
Ranked 165 and 91 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Andrew Carnegie
Scotland
TIAA-CREF and United States Steel co-founder
Ranked 92 and 176 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

TJX logoMax and Morris Feldberg
Russia
TJX Companies, Inc.
Ranked 103 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Hugh Chisholm
Canada
International Paper co-founder
Ranked 114 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Emerson Electronics LogoAlexander and Charles Meston
Scotland
Emerson co-founders
Ranked 120 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Nigel Morris
England
Capital One Financial co-founder
Ranked 126 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Maxwell Kohl
Poland
Kohl’s founder
Ranked 157 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

ebay-marketplaces-logoPierre Omidyar
France
eBay founder
Ranked 172 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

George N. Hatsopoulos
Greece
Thermo Fischer Scientific co-founder
Ranked 181 in 2015 Fortune 500

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Thomas Alexander Mellon
Ireland
BNY Mellon founder
Ranked 189 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

John Pitcairn Jr.
PPG Logo
Scotland
PPG Industries founder
Ranked 198 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

John W. Nordstrom
Sweden
Nordstrom founder
Ranked 225 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Kiran Patel
Zambia
WellCare Health Plans founder
Ranked 234 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Cognizant logoFrancisco D’Souza
India
Cognizant co-founder
Ranked 288 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Ivor Royston and Charles Weissmann
England and Switzerland
Biogen co-founders
Ranked 298 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Weyerhaeuser logoFrederick Weyerhäuser
Germany
Weyerhaeuser founder
Ranked 355 in the 2015 Fortune 500

 

Sol Shenk
Russia
Big Lots founder
Ranked 501 in the 2015 Fortune 500

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