Rags To Riches Stories From The United States

June 3, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

Eric Goldschein took a look at “13 People Who Came To America With Nothing And Made A Fortune.” Some highlights include:

  • Jerry Yang, the founder of Yahoo. He was born in Taiwan and when he arrived in the United States, he only knew one word in English: “shoe.”
  • Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo. She was born in India, worked as a receptionist to pay her way through Yale, and had to show up to interviews in a Sari because she couldn’t afford to buy clothes.
  • Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor from Romania, who has written several books about the Holocaust. He has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Mel Martinez was brought to the United States through “Operation Peter Pan,” an initiative by the United States and the Catholic Church to save Cuba’s children. He represented Florida in the US Senate and is currently the chairman of Chase Bank Florida.
  • Gene Simmons (né Chaim Witz) was born in Israel to a Hungarian family. His mother moved to the United States when he was 8, and he went on to become the bassist for KISS.

To read many more examples, including the founder of a bakery, the father of Pentium, the first Indian born CEO of a US transglobal corporation, and the person with average grades who went on to become worth $400 million click here.

Source: Business Insider

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