Twenty-Five Entrepreneurs

Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame was launched in on January 25, 2012, to bring to light the importance of immigrant entrepreneurs in the United States. This year, The Immigrant Learning Center celebrates our 25th anniversary. In honor of our 25 years and the contributions of these entrepreneurs, we present the top 25 immigrant entrepreneurs in the Hall of Fame, ranked by page views.


  1. Bahram Akradi, founder of Life Time Fitness, Inc., from Iran
  2. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Alphabet (Google), from Russia
  3. Alexander Graham Bell, founder of AT&T, Verizon and Avaya, from Scotland
  4. Maxwell Kohl, founder of Kohl’s, from Poland
  5. Andrew Carnegie, founder of Carnegie Mellon University, United States Steel, Carnegie Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York and TIAA, from Scotland
  6. Francisco D’Souza, Cognizant Technology Solutions, from India
  7. Jerry Yang, founder of Yahoo!, from Taiwan
  8. Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, from South Africa
  9. Max and Morris Feldberg, founders of TJX Companies, Inc. and BJ’s Wholesale Club, from Russia
  10. Sol A. Shenk, founder of Big Lots Inc., from Russia
  11. Theodore Deutschmann, founder of RadioShack, from England
  12. Adolphus Busch, founder of Anheuser-Busch, from Germany
  13. James J.L. Kraft, founder of Kraft Heinz and Mondelez International, Inc., from Canada
  14. John W. Nordstrom, founder of Nordstrom, Inc., from Sweden
  15. Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, founder of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, from France
  16. Charles Pfizer, founder of Pfizer, Inc., from Germany
  17. Daniel Aaron, co-founder of Comcast Corporation, from Germany
  18. Don Prudencio Unanue, founder of Goya Foods, from Spain
  19. John Muir, founder of The Sierra Club, from Scotland
  20. Jean-Luc Vaillant, co-founder of LinkedIn, from France
  21. Tariq Farid, founder of Edible Arrangements and Netsolace, Inc., from Pakistan
  22. Marcelo Claure, co-founder of Brightstar Corp., from Guatemala
  23. Andreas (Andy) von Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Inc.,
    Granite Systems, HighBAR Partners, Kealia, Inc. and Arista Networks, from Germany
  24. Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube, from Taiwan
  25. Roy and Bertrand Sosa, founders of NetSpend Corporation and MPOWER Labs, from Mexico
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