Unprecedented Grass To Grace Epic of 6 Immigrant Who Arrived America With Nothing But Ended up Billionaires
Stories of Successful American Immigrants....they were a ll once poor & had little hope
Today they are all $$ billionaire's
I have always cherished grass to Grace epic stories ..they inspire youths not to give up but to keep their eyes on the ball always
Such stories also help to curtail those who love to whine and lament about the stiff situations of things today
This six moguls never whine,they started with zero and became globally successful brands ,some whose business has outlive them
We hope their story will inspire you to soar higher than whine ,whine and whine!
~ Mike Cerutti Osagie, publisher: World Industry leaders Magazine
Yahoo’s founder Jerry Yang was born in Taiwan in 1968. Yang moved to California when he was eight years old, knowing one word of English, “shoe”. Yang went on to excel in school, graduating from Stanford in 1990. Yang started Yahoo in 1995 and stepped down from the multinational in 2012, having accumulated a net worth of $1.15billion.
PepsiCo’s CEO, Indra Nooyi, was born in Madras, India in 1955. Nooyi moved to the U.S. to study at Yale University. A true ‘rags to riches’ story, Nooyi went from being a night receptionist to joining PepsiCo in 1994, and was promoted to the company’s CEO in 2001, where she enjoyed an annual salary of almost $30m.
The Sugar Bowl Bakery founder Andrew Ly fled his native country after the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam in 1975. After living in a Malaysian refugee camp, Ly arrived in the U.S. with just a dollar to his name in 1979. In 1984, Ly has his four brothers pooled their savings and opened the Sugar Bowl Bakery, which went on to be a $400m dollar business.
Author Elie Wiesel, the most prominent name in Holocaust literature, was born in Transylvania, now Romania, in 1928. Wiesel emigrated to America during World War II. The author received a $100 advance for his first book to be published in the U.S. about the Holocaust. Wiesel moved to New York in 1956 and published over 40 books. The Nobel Peace Prize author died in 2016 in Manhattan.
Intel Corporation’s co-founder Andy Grove was born in Hungary in 1936. Grove was sent to the U.S. during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Grove worked as a busboy whilst studying chemistry in New York. Grove moved to California and co-founded Intel Corporation in 1968. Gove died in 2016 after helping Intel become a multi-billion-dollar organization.
Iranian-born Ahmad Meradji was the CEO of Booklogix. Meradji moved to America from Iran aged 21. Following working as a busboy and other menial jobs while studying, Meradji climbed the corporate ladder and in 2006 started his own self-publishing service, Booklogix.
Check out Hansen and Company’s immigrant entrepreneur infographic here.