From Sergey Brin to Elon musk: 43 richest immigrant on the Forbes list

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Inspiring example of success that can reach immigrants in America.

America is a country of millionaires. But have you ever thought about how many people from the list of Forbes 400 (the original symbol of the success of the Americans) in fact, born abroad.

And quite a lot of them. 43, the richest man of the 400 members of the Forbes list is the immigrants are from distant China and neighbouring Canada. They came from 20 countries and six continents, and their General condition is equal to 289 billion dollars — about 10% of the total capital of the members of the Forbes 400 list.

Interestingly, almost half of the rich-immigrants — 26 people — richer than the President of the United States Donald trump (his net worth is $ 3.1 billion, 259-e a place on the Forbes list), which is known to be a supporter of tough immigration policies.

Not surprisingly, one of the most ardent opponents of such a policy trump — the richest immigrant in the country. “I’m here because I’m a refugee,” said Google co-founder Sergey Brin at a rally in San Francisco in January of 2017 (he had joined the protest against the policy of trump against migrants). Today, Brin takes the ninth place in the list of the richest people of the world (52.4 billion dollars). In 1979, when he was only six years old, he immigrated to America from Moscow with his parents. They were mathematicians, who left the Soviet Union because of anti-Semitism. As a result, the Brin family in the US received refugee status and settled in Maryland. Dissertation at Stanford, Sergey met Larry page. They left school and started Google.

Brin is not the only one born outside of the US billionaire who founded Silicon valley’s technological Empire. Nine immigrant entrepreneurs from the Forbes 400 list started their business in the region.

Since the early 1990s, Silicon valley became the center of attraction of many gifted and ambitious immigrants, among them Elon Musk, and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of Palantir, Peter Thiel and co-founder of WhatsApp, Jan koum. By the way, the godfather, whose wealth today is estimated at 19.6 billion dollars, was born in Kiev and immigrated to the U.S. with his mother at the age of 16 years. Ian began his career as a janitor in a California supermarket, and in 2014 signed a 19-billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp messenger Facebook. The deal was signed in the very centre of the social help where koum once came for food stamps.

Immigrants on the Forbes list are women. But there are only two — Dagmar Dolby, a native of Germany and widow of the founder of Dolby Laboratories ray Dolby (died in 2013), and tai Li, head of the IT provider SHI International.

Ty Lee is the only newcomer in the Forbes list this year. Last year this rating was added by four immigrants, including Italian-American telecommunications magnate Rocco Commisso and earned billions in real estate, Ben Ashkenazi from Israel. Most of the immigrants on the Forbes list eight billionaires were born in Israel. Micky Arison, the richest American of Israeli origin, moved to the U.S. from tel Aviv in early childhood with his father Ted (died in 1999). In 1972, Ted founded a shipping company Carnival Corp, which was two of the ship; Arison turned it into the largest cruise operator in the world. Forbes estimates the condition of Arizona 9.4 billion.

Isaac Perlmutter came to the United States from Israel in 1967 with only $250 in his pocket. First, he sold toys on the streets of Brooklyn. In 1998 he became the head of a bankrupt company Marvel Comics, who published the comics. Under the leadership of Perlmutter Marvel has released films such as “Spiderman” and “Daredevil”. Franchise “Iron man” marked a new era in the company’s history and paved the way for the creation of blockbuster movies such as “Captain America,” “Black Panther” and a series of films about the Avengers. In 2009, Perlmutter sold a large part of Marvel Disney Corporation for $ 4 billion in cash and stock. Today, with a fortune of 4.3 billion dollars, he occupies the second place ranking of the richest Americans of Israeli descent.

Here is the complete list of immigrants from a list of Forbes 400 this year.

Sergey Brin

The size of the state: $52.4 billion

Country of origin: Russia

Thomas Peterffy

State size: $20.2 billion

Country of origin: Hungary

Elon Musk

The size of the state: $19.6 billion

Country of origin: South Africa

Rupert Murdoch

The size of the state: $18 billion

Country of origin: Australia

Len Blavatnik

The size of the state: $17.9 billion

Country of origin: Russia

Pierre Omidyar

The size of the state: $11.6 billion

Country of origin: France

Jan Koum

The size of the state: $9.6 billion

Country of origin: Ukraine

Mickey Arison

The size of the state: $9.4 billion

Country of origin: Israel

George Soros

The size of the state: $8.3 billion

Country of origin: Hungary

Shahid Khan

The size of the state: $7.6 billion

Country of origin: Pakistan

Patrick Xinxiang

The size of the state: $7.3 billion

Country of origin: South Africa

Huang Jen-Sun

The size of the state: $6.6 billion

Country of origin: Taiwan

David San

The size of the state: $5.4 billion

Country of origin: Taiwan

John Tu

The size of the state: $5.4 billion

Country of origin: China

Jeff Skoll

The size of the state: $4.6 billion

Country of origin: Canada

Dagmar Dolby

Wealth: $4.5 billion

Country of origin: Germany

Isaac Perlmutter

The size of the state: $4.3 billion

Country of origin: Israel

Igor Oleynikov

The size of the state: $4.1 billion

Country of origin: Russia

Ben Ashkenazi

The size of the state: $4 billion

Country of origin: Israel

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy

The size of the state: $4 billion

Country of origin: Hungary

Tom Gores

The size of the state: $3.9 billion

Country of origin: Israel

Rocco Commisso

The size of the state: $3.8 billion

Country of origin: Italy

Douglas Leone

The size of the state: $3.8 billion

Country of origin: Italy

Min Kao

The size of the state: $3.6 billion

Country of origin: Taiwan

Michael Moritz

The size of the state: $3.4 billion

Country of origin: United Kingdom

John Catsimatidis

The size of the state: $3.1 billion

Country of origin: Greece

Romesh Wadhwani

The size of the state: $3 billion

Country of origin: India

Haim Saban

The size of the state: $2.9 billion

Country of origin: Israel

Charles Simonyi

The size of the state: $2.9 billion

Country of origin: Hungary

Mortimer Zuckerman

The size of the state: $2.9 billion

Country of origin: Canada

Noam, Gottesman

The size of the state: $2.7 billion

Country of origin: Israel

Jorge Perez

The size of the state: $2.6 billion

Country of origin: Argentina

Charles Dean Mitropoulos

Wealth: $2.5 billion

Country of origin: Greece

Peter Thiel

Wealth: $2.5 billion

Country of origin: Germany

Jerry Yang

Wealth: $2.5 billion

Country of origin: Taiwan

David Zalik

Wealth: $2.5 billion

Country of origin: Israel

Rakesh Gangwal

The size of the state: $2.3 billion

Country of origin: India

Osman Kibar

The size of the state: $2.3 billion

Country of origin: Turkey

Ty Lee

The size of the state: $2.3 billion

Country of origin: South Korea

Alec Gores

State size: $2.2 billion

Country of origin: Israel

Vinod Khosla

State size: $2.2 billion

Country of origin: India

Kavitark RAM Sriram

State size: $2.2 billion

Country of origin: India

John Farber

The size of the state: $2.1 billion

Country of origin: Romania

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