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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 2011 study concluded that 40 percent of the Fortune 500 were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Here we have profiled 32 of these immigrant entrepreneurs. They were inventors, financiers, pioneers and philanthropists. Today, the companies they founded collectively produce more than $1 trillion in annual revenue.

 
Elihu Thomson
England
General Electric co-founder
Ranked 9 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 
Alexander Graham Bell
Scotland
AT&T and Verizon founder
Ranked 11 and 16 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

James Gamble and William Procter
Ireland and England
Procter & Gamble co-founders
Ranked 31 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Daniel Aaron
Germany
Comcast co-founder
Ranked 44 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Sergey Brin
Russia
Google co-founder
Ranked 46 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Charles Pfizer
Germany
Pfizer Inc. co-founder
Ranked 51 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Albert Butz
Switzerland
Honeywell International founder
Ranked 77 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

E. I. du Pont
France
DuPont co-founder
Ranked 86 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

James L. (J.L.) Kraft
Canada
Kraft Foods Group, Mondelez International founder
Ranked 156 and 89 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Andrew Carnegie
Scotland
TIAA-CREF and United States Steel co-founder
Ranked 95 and 166 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Hugh Chisholm
Canada
International Paper co-founder
Ranked 107 in the 2013 Fortune 500

 

Max and Morris Feldberg
Russia
TJX Companies, Inc.
Ranked 108 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Alexander and Charles Meston
Scotland
Emerson co-founders
Ranked 121 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Nigel Morris
England
Capital One Financial co-founder
Ranked 124 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Maxwell Kohl
Poland
Kohl’s founder
Ranked 151 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Pierre Omidyar
France
eBay founder
Ranked 180 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Thomas Alexander Mellon
Ireland
BNY Mellon founder
Ranked 181 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

John Pitcairn Jr.
Scotland
PPG Industries founder
Ranked 190 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

George N. Hatsopoulos
Greece
Thermo Fischer Scientific co-founder
Ranked 215 in 2014 Fortune 500

 

John W. Nordstrom
Sweden
Nordstrom founder
Ranked 224 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Kiran Patel
Zambia
WellCare Health Plans founder
Ranked 294 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Francisco D’Souza
India
Cognizant co-founder
Ranked 308 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Frederick Weyerhäuser
Germany
Weyerhaeuser founder
Ranked 320 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Ivor Royston and Charles Weissman
England and Switzerland
Biogen Idec co-founders
Ranked 375 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Sol Shenk
Russia
Big Lots founder
Ranked 473 in the 2014 Fortune 500

 

Walter Bowes
England
Pitney Bowes founder
Ranked 489 in the 2013 Fortune 500

 

Jerry Yang
Taiwan
Yahoo! Inc. co-founder
Ranked 494 in the 2013 Fortune 500

 

Charles Wang
China
CA co-founder
Ranked 499 in the 2013 Fortune 500

 

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