When immigrants come to the United States, they often create their jobs and those jobs can become highly successful companies. Sometimes they join a company and work their way up, other times they make the company. Either way, these are some of the most successful entrepreneurs to come to the United States as immigrants.

  1. Jerry Yang: Born in Taiwan in 1968, Yang came to California in 1976 knowing only the word for shoe. He would go on and excel in school and graduate from Stanford in 1990. Five years later, he started at Yahoo! And when he stepped down in 2012, he was worth over $1.5 billion.
  2. Andrew Ly: Born in Vietnam, he fled the country in 1975 and lived in a refugee camp. Arriving in the United States in 1979 with one dollar, he would found Sugar Bowl Bakery with his four brothers in 1984. Today, the company is worth $400 million.
  3. Idra Nooyi: Born in India in 1955, Nooyi came to the United States and studied at Yale University. She would start work as a night receptionist at PepsiCo in 1994, and in 2001 she was CEO of the company where she earned over $30 million per year.
  4. Ahmad Meradji: Born in Iran and moving to America at the age of 21, he worked as a bus boy while he studied at university. Eventually, he would work his way up through the companies he worked for and in 2006, he founded Booklogix.
  5. Andy Grove: Born in Hungary in 1936, Grove came to the United States in 1956 and worked as a bus boy while he studied chemistry. In 1968, he moved to California and founded Intel. In 2016, he died an extremely rich man.