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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.

 
AT&T logoAlexander Graham Bell
Scotland
AT&T and Verizon founder
Ranked 10 and 13 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 
Elihu Thomson
England
General Electric co-founder
Ranked 11 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

James Gamble and William Procter
Ireland and England
Procter & Gamble co-founders
Ranked 34 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Google LogoSergey Brin
Russia
Alphabet (Google) co-founder
Ranked 36 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Daniel Aaron
Germany
Comcast co-founder
Ranked 37 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Pfizer LogoCharles Pfizer
Germany
Pfizer Inc. co-founder
Ranked 55 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Albert Butz
Switzerland
Honeywell International founder
Ranked 75 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Andrew Carnegie
Scotland
TIAA-CREF and United States Steel co-founder
Ranked 82 and 244 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

TJX logoMax and Morris Feldberg
Russia
TJX Companies, Inc.
Ranked 89 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

James L. (J.L.) Kraft
Canada
Kraft Heinz, Mondelez International founder
Ranked 153 and 94 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Dupont Corporate WebsiteE. I. du Pont
France
DuPont co-founder
Ranked 101 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Nigel Morris
England
Capital One Financial co-founder
Ranked 112 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Hugh Chisholm
Canada
International Paper and Veritiv co-founder
Ranked 127 and 323 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Emerson Electronics LogoAlexander and Charles Meston
Scotland
Emerson co-founders
Ranked 128 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Maxwell Kohl
Poland
Kohl’s founder
Ranked 145 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

George N. Hatsopoulos
Greece
Thermo Fischer Scientific co-founder
Ranked 164 in 2016 Fortune 500

 

BNY Mellon Logo
Thomas Alexander Mellon
Ireland
BNY Mellon founder
Ranked 179 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

John Pitcairn Jr.
PPG Logo
Scotland
PPG Industries founder
Ranked 182 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

John W. Nordstrom
Sweden
Nordstrom founder
Ranked 197 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Kiran Patel
Zambia
WellCare Health Plans founder
Ranked 202 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Cognizant logoFrancisco D’Souza
India
Cognizant co-founder
Ranked 230 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Ivor Royston and Charles Weissmann
England and Switzerland
Biogen co-founders
Ranked 263 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

ebay-marketplaces-logoPierre Omidyar
France
eBay founder
Ranked 300 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Max Rafael Levchin and Elon Musk
Ukraine and South Africa
PayPal co-founders
Ranked 307 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Weyerhaeuser logoFrederick Weyerhäuser
Germany
Weyerhaeuser founder
Ranked 372 in the 2016 Fortune 500

 

Sol Shenk
Russia
Big Lots founder
Ranked 495 in the 2016 Fortune 500

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