Throughout the history of the United States, there have always been immigrants travelling to the country in search of a better life. And today, as the topic becomes increasingly entrenched in the national discourse,
it’s more important than ever to highlight the unbelievable value that immigration has brought to the U.S.—not just through critical additions to our culture and diversity, but through the introduction of people who have helped make this country as high as it is.
Here Are The Most Successful Immigrants
10. Isabel Allende (Peru → Chile → the US):
Considered by some as the world’s most-read Spanish author, Allende’s been awarded the National Literature Prize in Chile and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the US.
9. Jan Koum (Ukrainian Soviet Union→ the US):
He started off as a cleaner in a grocery store, but a little something called Whatsapp changed all of that. Koum is the revolutionary app’s co-founder and CEO. Facebook Inc. acquired Whatsapp in 2014 for $19 billion, making Koum a very, very successful man.
Fun fact: Before founding Whatsapp with Brian Acton, the two worked at Yahoo. They then quit and travelled around South America together.
8. Madeleine Albright (Czech Republic → The US):
In 1996, Albright became the first woman to be the US Secretary of State. And before that, she was the US Ambassador to the UN. Not too shabby.
Fun fact: She had an incredibly wide collection of pins she would wear to make political statements.
7.Anne Elisabeth “Liz” Claiborne (Belgium → US):
An inspiration to female entrepreneurs the world over, Liz Claiborne revolutionized how the working woman dressed and in 1986, when Liz Claiborne Inc made the Fortune 500 list, it was the first company founded by a woman to make the cut. It also made Claiborne the first woman to become a chair and CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Fun Fact: Claiborne was an environmentalist, and funded the Nature series on PBS.
6. Rupert Murdoch (Australia→ US):
For good or for bad, Rupert Murdoch has certainly made a name for himself. Multi-billionaire and media mogul extraordinaire, Murdoch revolutionized the journalism game and was founder, CEO and chairman of News Corporation, the second-largest media conglomerate in the world.
Fun Fact: His name is actually Keith, Rupert comes from his middle name.
5.Arianna Huffington (Greece → US):
One of the 100 most powerful women in the world (according to Forbes), Huffington is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of game-changing news site The Huffington Post.
Fun fact: She ran against Arnold Schwarzenegger (another immigrant!) in a 2003 recall election for Governor of California. She lost.
4. Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of Congo → The US):
An NBA player for 18 seasons, Mutombo is known as the best shot-blocker of all time (which inspired the above Geico commercial). He played for six different NBA teams but retired in 2009. Since retiring Mutombo has become famous for his humanitarian work, including starting his own foundation to improve conditions in the Congo, participating in the Basketball Without Borders program, and becoming the first Youth Emissary for the United Nations Development Program.
Fun fact: In 2007 Mutombo opened the Biamba Marie Mutombo hospital, named after his mom, on the outskirts of his hometown. The $29 million building is the first modern medical facility the region has had in almost 40 years.
3. Levi Strauss (Germany → The US):
Maybe the first name rings a bell? In 1873 Strauss founded the first company to ever sell blue jeans….yup, you guessed it, Levi’s! You’ve seen that iconic red and white logo on butts worldwide.
Fun fact: Before Levi’s made jeans it made tents. Decidedly less cool.
2. Sergey Brin (Russia→ US):
Talk about a game-changer. Brin is the co-founder of Google. Now he’s worth $30 billion.
Fun fact: Brin developed Google with co-founder Larry Page while they were both Ph.D. students at Stanford, where they filled their dorm with inexpensive computers and work, work, worked. When their search engine became popular on campus, they decided to drop out and start Google in a garage. Good call.
1.Albert Einstein (Germany → Switzerland → Belgium → US)
“He’s no Einstein”…. except he is! A name pretty much synonymous with IMPORTANT and GENIUS, Einstein fathered modern physics, discovered the world’s most famous equation (E = mc 2), developed the special theory of relativity, and a lot of other things people who are scientists need to learn. He also warned the world of the danger of nuclear weapons way back in the 1950s (though he also contributed to their development).
Fun fact: A man of many incredible quotes, Einstein has one that qualifies him as a true Global Citizen: “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
source: | Global Citizen