Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Launched January 25, 2012

Website honors 61 immigrants who made significant contributions to the U.S. Economy

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame was launched online today by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) to pay tribute to 61 immigrants who made significant contributions to the U.S. economy and to highlight the importance of immigrant entrepreneurs to the prosperity of the country. The announcement was made during a tele-briefing hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council about the newly released paper “Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy.”


The Hall of Fame can be viewed at


Diane Portnoy, president and CEO of The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc., said about the launch, “We created the Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame to shine a light on the contribution immigrants have made to America. Many Americans do not realize that the products and services they rely on every day would not exist without the hard work and ingenuity of immigrants.”

Immigrants have always been more likely than the native-born to be self-employed, as documented in every economic census since 1880. Today, immigrant-founded businesses are represented in every industry and size of business throughout the United States. They create jobs, generate tax revenue and provide valuable goods and services. 

The 61 entrepreneurs honored as part of the launch of the Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame founded companies that range in size from Fortune 500 to mid-size companies in industries including biotechnology, consumer goods, financial services, information technology, manufacturing and retail businesses. Collectively, these companies generate revenues of more than $900 billion and employ more than 2 million people. A complete list of honorees is attached.


The Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame January 2012 Honorees:

Daniel Aaron, Germany, Comcast Corporation, Philadelphia, Pa.

Bahram Akradi, Iran, Life Time Fitness, Inc., Chanhassen, Minn.

Andreas Bechtolsheim, Germany, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Redwood Shores, Calif.

Hernand & Sosthenes Behn, St. Thomas, ITT, White Plains, N.Y.

Alexander Grahm Bell, Scotland, AT&T and Verizon, Dallas, Texas (AT&T)

Sabeer Bhatia, India, Hotmail, Redmond, Wash. (Microsoft)

Walter Bowes, England, Pitney Bowes, Stamford, Conn.

Sergey Brin, Russia, Google, Inc., Mountain View, Calif.

Adolphus Busch, Germany, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.

Albert Butz, Switzerland, Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J.

Andrew Carnegie, Scotland, United States Steel, TIAA-CREF, Pittsburgh, Pa. (USS)

Charlotte, N.C. (TIAA-CREF)

Steve Chen, Taiwan, YouTube, San Bruno, Calif.

Hugh Chisholm, Canada, International Paper, Memphis, Tenn.

Marcelo Claure, Guatemala, Brightstar Corp., Miami, Fla.

William and Rafael Cruz, Cuba, TradeStation Group Inc., Miami, Fla.

Nathan Cummings, Canada, Sara Lee, Downers Grove, Ill.

Alex d'Arbeloff, France, Teradyne, North Reading, Mass.

Desh Deshpande, India, Sycamore Networks, Chelmsford, Mass.

Theodore Deutschmann, England, RadioShack, Fort Worth, Texas

E. I. du Pont, France, DuPont, Wilmington, Del.

Tariq Farid, Pakistan, Edible Arrangements, Wallingford, Conn.

Max and Morris Feldberg, Russia, TJX and BJ's Wholesale Club, Framingham, Mass. (TJX) Westborough, Mass. (BJ’s)

James Gamble, Ireland, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio

Helen Greiner, England, iRobot, Bedford, Mass.

Dr. John N. Hatsopoulos, Greece, Thermo Fischer Scientific, Waltham, Mass.

Jen-Hsun Huang, Taiwan, NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, Calif.

Subrah S. Iyar, India, WebEx Communications, Inc., San Jose, Calif. (Cisco)

Menelaos Kaloyanides, Turkey, New England Coffee Company, Malden, Mass.

Min Kao, Taiwan, Garmin, Olathe, Kan.

Vinod Khosla, India, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Redwood Shores, Calif. (Oracle)

Maxwell Kohl, Poland, Kohl's, Menomonee Falls, Wis.

James L. Kraft, Canada, Kraft Foods, Northfield, Ill.

Max Rafael Levchin, Ukraine, PayPal, San Jose, Calif. (eBay)

Judge Thomas Mellon, Ireland, BNY Mellon Group, New York, N.Y.

Alexander and Charles Meston, Scotland, Emerson Electric, St. Louis, Mo.

Nigel Morris, England, Capital One Financial, McLean, Va.

Elon Musk, South Africa, PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, Calif. (Tesla)

José Navarro, Sr., Cuba, Navarro Discount Pharmacies, Miami, Fla.

John W. Nordstrom, Sweden, Nordstrom, Seattle, Wash.

Pierre Omidyar, France, eBay, San Jose, Calif.

Kiran Patel, Zambia, WellCare Health Plans, Tampa, Fla.

Jorge M. Perez, Argentina, Related Group of Florida, Miami, Fla.

Charles Pfizer, Germany, Pfizer, Inc., New York, N.Y.

John Pitcairn, Jr., Scotland, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, Pa.

William Procter, England, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio

Ivor Royston, England, Biogen Idec, Weston, Mass.

Sol Shenk, Russia, Big Lots Inc., Columbus, Ohio

Roy and Bertrand Sosa, Mexico, NetSpend Corporation, Austin, Texas

Levi Strauss, Germany, Levi Strauss & Co., San Francisco, Calif.

Prudencio Unanue, Spain, Goya Foods, Secaucus, N.J.

Jean-Luc Vaillant, France, LinkedIn, Mountain View, Calif.

Charles Wang, China, CA Technologies, Islandia, N.Y.

Charles Weissman, Switzerland, Biogen Idec, Weston, Mass.

Frederick Weyerhäuser, Germany, Weyerhaeuser Company, Federal Way, Wash.

Mei Xu, China, Chesapeak Candle Co., Rockville, Md.

Jerry Yang, Taiwan, Yahoo! Inc, Sunnyvale, Calif.