It's good at home, but it's better in America: The 10 richest immigrants in the United StatesPictolic
America attracts millions of people with its tallest skyscrapers, wide highways, sunny beaches, world stars walking the streets, night entertainment and morning bustle. It is not surprising that many leave their homes and go to the USA to start a new life, hoping that fortune will be kind to them.
And some immigrants, indeed, manage to realize the "American dream". We want to tell you about such people below.
Jeffrey Skoll is a native of a Jewish family who was born in Montreal, Canada. In 1987, he graduated with honors from the university with a degree in electrical engineering. Soon, Skoll created two companies, which, however, did not bring him the desired income. To solve this problem, the future billionaire went to Stanford to improve his qualifications at business school.
It was there in 1996 that Skoll met the creator of eBay, who hired him. So Jeffrey became the first full-time employee of the Internet giant, and later its first president. Skoll got this position thanks to the development of an ingenious business plan that allowed eBay to become the company we know now.
Since leaving eBay, Jeffrey Skoll has focused on personal fund management and social entrepreneurship - investing in healthcare and education systems in developing countries. Now the businessman's fortune exceeds $ 4 billion, which earned him the 134th place in the ranking of the "richest people in the world" according to Forbes.
David Sun is an American billionaire businessman, co-founder and chief operating Officer of Kingston Technology. San is a graduate with a bachelor's degree, which he received after graduating from Tatung University in his native Thailand.
In 1981, Sun met John Tu. At that time, both were already engineers, but they dreamed of founding their own company and developing in this direction. Then San and Tu decided to join forces, as a result of which they created the company Camintonn, which was later sold for $ 6 million. The partners lost the proceeds (as a result of the stock exchange crash), but did not lose their heads and founded Kingston Technology Company, which brought them more than 140 million in the first year.
Undoubtedly, John Tu also got on our list, because his capital is similar to that of David Sun. Tu was born into a poor family in Shanghai, China, where he spent his modest childhood. When Tu first visited the USA, he immediately fell in love with this country, so in 1972 he returned here again. It was then that he founded the company Camintonn, but you already know what happened to it…
Since 1987, Tu has been the CEO of Kingston Technology Corporation. It is notable not only for the fact that it managed to win its niche in the computer market in the shortest possible time, but also for its internal regulations. In an organization, there are practically no differences between management and subordinates. Tu and San work in the same premises as the staff, and devote as much time to work. There are no ranks, positions, etc. in the company, instead, equality and mutual support reign here.
Future billionaire Igor Oleynikov was born in Moscow region in 1942. After the war, his family fled to Iran, where the boy was trained by missionaries. In 1957 they came to the USA. His father worked as a house manager, and his mother was engaged in housework. As you can guess, the Oleinikovs did not live richly. Therefore, in order to send my son to study in The University of Southern California, they had to work hard.
After graduating from the university, Oleynikov received a bachelor's degree in corporate finance and mathematics, and later returned there for an MBA. In 1973, he founded the company Olen Properties, which specialized in construction and real estate sales. Now the firm owns more than 0.5 million square meters of office space and almost 12 thousand residential units in Florida, Arizona, California and Las Vegas, which are rented out.
Now the fortune of the successful developer Oleynikov is estimated at $ 3.7 billion, which brought him 156th place in the ranking of the richest people in the world.
Another native on our list is Sergey Mikhailovich Brin, who was born in Moscow into a family of Soviet Jews. In 1979, they emigrated to the USA, where 6-year-old Seryozha was sent to study at a Montessori school. Already in his school years, Brin developed an interest in computing and Internet technologies.
In March 1995, Sergey met the future co-founder of Google - Larry Cage. 3 years later, they created the Google search engine, but at the initial stage it functioned only within Stanford University. Gradually, Brin and Cage began to scale their idea and turn it into a business.
Now Google is the world's largest and most popular search engine among users. Sergey Brin's capital is estimated at $37.5 billion, which makes him the tenth richest person on the planet.
The outstanding trader and financier was born in Budapest, Hungary, into a middle-class Jewish family. In 1947, Soros moved to the UK, where he graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science. One of the lecturers at the university was the Austrian philosopher Karl Popper, whose ideas had a huge influence on the young Soros. Inspired by them, he created his own "theory of market reflection", which is still widely used by the stock and currency markets.
Now Soros is one of the richest people in the world - 19th place in the Forbes ranking, with a capital of $ 24.9 billion. And the billionaire began by selling women's handbags on the outskirts of New York, until he got a job at Singer and Friedlander. Only 10 years later Soros managed to take his place on Wall Street. In total, Joj's path to success took about 20 years.
The head of Tesla Motors Corporation and the founder of SpaceX was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. As a child, he was very smart, but reserved: at school, his "know-it-all" and desire to study were often ridiculed. Instead of playing games with his peers, Musk read books, encyclopedias, and watched what his father, an engineer, was doing.
It was from his father that Musk received his first Commodore VIC-20 computer as a gift and learned to program on it. Already at the age of 12, the boy created his own game where it was necessary to fire aliens from a laser cannon, and sold it for $ 500.
At 18, penniless, Musk moves to Canada, where he works part-time at a sawmill and simultaneously studies at University of Pennsylvania. Later, he goes to study at Stanford, but drops out due to lack of time. Then Musk devoted himself entirely to software development.
Elon's main projects are the PayPal payment system, SpaceX, Tesla and the OpenAI enterprise, which deals with artificial intelligence. Now the famous innovator is ranked 34th in the Forbes billionaires ranking, his fortune is $ 11.6 billion.
The future billionaire Jan Koum was born in the city of Fastov in the Kiev region of the Ukrainian SSR, but in 1992 they emigrated to the United States together with their mother. There the guy got a job as a cleaner and at the same time studied at the university. But his Godfather did not have time to graduate, because he met the future co-founder of WhatsApp - Brian Acton. Brian immediately saw the talent and perspective in this student, so he offered him a place at Yahoo.
When difficulties began at Yahoo, Acton and Koum decided to leave her. The Ukrainian immigrant really wanted to get a job on Facebook, but they immediately refused him there. However, Zuckerberg will soon regret this decision: inspired by what Skype has done with international phone calls, Kum is creating an application that could do the same with SMS. They, as you may have guessed, become Whatsapp messenger.
Mickey Arison has Israeli roots. He was born in the family of entrepreneur Ted Arison, who together with Meshulam Riklis founded Carnival Corporation. Mickey studied at At the University of Miami, but dropped out of it, deciding to devote himself entirely to development and career growth in his father's company.
Thanks to hard work, Mickey managed to get the position of manager, and then vice president, controlling passenger transportation. Three years later, Arison heads the firm and through several large mergers with other small companies makes Carnival Corporation the world's largest travel company.
Mickey's fortune currently exceeds $ 8 billion and brings him 61st place in the Forbes ranking. It should also be noted that the entrepreneur owns the Miami Heat National Basketball Association team.
Thomas Petterfi is a native of Hungary, who founded the brokerage company "Interactive Brokers" and played a key role in improving electronic securities trading. And Petterfi started his career without even knowing English! At first, he worked as a draftsman in an engineering firm, where he was engaged in the creation of architectural projects of expressways. But one day the future billionaire volunteered to program on a newly purchased computer and immediately realized that his soul was in this business.
Over time, Thomas acquired a place on the Stock exchange of America, where he began trading securities. But most of all, the man was interested in the possibility of replacing manual processes with more efficient automated ones. During the day, during stock trading, he could mentally develop code, which he then used in computer models. Thanks to automation, Petterfi was able to make work more efficient and created Interactive Brokers Group.
Now Petterfi owns a capital of $ 12.6 billion and is on the 32nd place in the ranking of the richest people in the world.