Consumer Goods/Services

  • Germany
    Comcast
    Ranked 33 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    A refugee from Nazi Germany and an orphan, Daniel Aaron helped Comcast become the largest cable company in the United States

  • Iran
    Life Time Fitness, Inc.

    Akradi’s personal philosophy of fitness and well-being has made Life Time Fitness unique and successful.

  • Germany
    Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

    Busch was one of 22 children in his family.

  • Canada
    The Hillshire Brands Company

    In 1944, TIME named Nathan Cummings “Duke of Groceries.”

     

  • France
    DowDuPont
    Ranked 47 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    DuPont was an early “transnational” business relying on knowledge, equipment and capital raised in France.

  • Pakistan
    Edible Arrangements

    Tariq Farid started his first successful business at age 17.

  • Russia
    TJX Companies, Inc.
    Ranked 85 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Two generations of Feldbergs created the business that became TJX and BJ’s Wholesale Club.

  • Ireland
    Procter & Gamble
    Ranked 42 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Procter and Gamble were brothers-in-law married to a pair of sisters. They might never have met if fate had not intervened.

  • England
    iRobot

    Helen Greiner’s love of robots started with R2D2 in Star Wars.

     

  • Turkey
    New England Coffee Company

    Menelaos Kaloyanides started his career at the Automat in New York City.

  • Canada
    Kraft Heinz, Mondelez International
    Ranked 114 and 117 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Kraft Foods started as a one-man business selling cheese with a horse and wagon.

  • Ukraine
    PayPal
    Ranked 222 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Levchin sought asylum in the United States from the Soviet-controlled Ukraine.

     

  • Scotland
    Emerson
    Ranked 178 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Emerson sold the first electric fans in America, invented by two orphans from Scotland.

     

  • South Africa
    PayPal and Tesla
    Ranked 222 and 260 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Forbes listed Elon Musk as 21st of The World’s Most Powerful People,  TIME named him one of the of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Fortune named him the top business person of 2013.

     

  • England
    Procter & Gamble
    Ranked 42 in the 2018 Fortune 500

    Procter and Gamble were brothers-in-law married to a pair of sisters. They might never have met if fate had not intervened.

     

  • Germany
    Levi Strauss

    Levi’s 501 jeans were born in San Francisco at the hands of two immigrants.

     

  • Spain
    Goya Foods

    Goya Foods is the largest family-owned Hispanic food company in the United States.

     

  • China
    Pacific Trading International

    Mei Xu created Chesapeake Bay Candle, one of the most popular brands in the country, and even worked with First Lady Michelle Obama to design a candle for the White House in 2009.