We’re kicking off today with some inspiration! Take a second and learn about the successful immigrant entrepreneurs that founded some of today’s most influential American technology companies.

In a report released by the Partnership for a New American Economy, more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. These immigrants not only brought their creative minds and innovations to America, they helped contribute to our economy and increased our nation’s global competitiveness.

Meet the leaders:

Pierre Omidyar, Founder and Chairman, eBay

Country of origin: Paris, France

Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Tufts University

Company headquarters: San Jose, California

Fun fact: Omidyar and his wife are well-known philanthropists. Together, they founded Omidyar Network, an investment firm that provides grants to non-profits and invests in innovative organizations for economic and social advancement. They believe “every person has the power to make a difference” in the world.


Sergey Brin, Cofounder and Director of Special Projects, Google


Country of origin: Moscow, Russia

Education: Master of Science in Computer Science, Stanford University

Company headquarters: Googleplex, Mountain View, California

Fun fact: The Economist magazine called Brin an ”Enlightenment Man” because of his belief in the importance of knowledge, as it is always better than ignorance.


Jerry Yang, Founder, Yahoo!

Country of origin: Taipei, Taiwan

Education: Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

Company headquarter: Los Altos Hills, California

Fun fact: The only English word he knew when he first moved to the country was ”shoe”. Yang was listed as one of “The 25 Most Influential People on the Web” by Bloomberg Businessweek.