Information Technology

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  • Nigeria

    Awotona is one of two Black tech billionaires in the United States.

  • Germany
    Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    Andy Bechtolsheim created his first high-tech product when he was 16.

  • Scotland
    AT&T and Verizon
    Ranked 13 and 23 in the 2022 Fortune 500

    Alexander Graham Bell is recognized as the inventor of the telephone and the man responsible for spawning a global telecommunications industry.

  • India

    Hotmail was started with $300,000 and sold to Microsoft 18 months later for $400 million

  • Russia
    Alphabet (Google)
    Ranked 8 in the 2023 Fortune 500

    In 2018, Forbes named Sergey Brin the 35th most powerful person in the world.

  • Taiwan

    Steve Chen quit college to work for PayPal and then Facebook before founding YouTube.

  • Bolivia
    Brightstar Corp.

    Marcelo Claure co-founded Brightstar, the largest company of its kind in the world, spanning 54 countries on six continents.


  • France

    Alex D’Arbeloff was fired three times in the first ten years of his career.


  • India
    Sycamore Networks

    Gururaj Deshpande founded and took public several billion-dollar companies.

  • India
    Ranked 208 in the 2023 Fortune 500

    Francisco D’Souza studied in seven schools around the world in Panama, Zaire, New Delhi, New York, Trinidad, Hong Kong and Pittsburgh.

  • Taiwan
    NVIDIA Corporation
    Ranked 152 in the 2023 Fortune 500

    Huang started out cleaning toilets in the dorm of his school for “difficult children.” Recently, he was named one of the Time100 Most Influential People of 2024 and 2021.

  • India
    WebEx Communications, Inc.

    According to a loyal customer, Iyar is “energetic, sincere and charming, and he doesn’t quit.”


  • Taiwan

    Kao’s work has been used by the United States Army, NASA and now by smartphone users around the world.


  • India
    Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    Vinod Khosla came from a middle-class background in India and obtained three university degrees.

  • Ukraine
    Ranked 148 in the 2023 Fortune 500

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

  • France
    Ranked 393 in the 2023 Fortune 500

    The first item sold on eBay was Omidyar’s broken laser pointer.

  • France

    Vaillant came to the United States on a work visa after being interviewed and hired over the phone.

  • China
    CA Technologies

    Wang was once the highest-paid CEO in the United States.

  • Taiwan
    Yahoo! Inc.

    The only English Yang knew when he came to the United States was the word “shoe.”