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5 successful entrepreneurs who immigrated to the United States

One of the primary reasons that the United States appeals to migrants is its myriad business opportunities. With a strong economy, competitive market and entrepreneurial spirit, the U.S. offers foreign-born entrepreneurs business opportunities that they might not find anywhere else in the world.

The United States needs immigrant entrepreneurs just as much—if not more—than they need it. According to a recent study, over 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies had at least one founder who was an immigrant or a child of immigrants. Indeed, of all American startups that are valued over $1 billion, over half were founded by immigrants. If you need further proof, just take a look at these examples of successful entrepreneurs who started out as immigrants.

Elon Musk

After immigrating to Canada at age 17, the South Africa-born Elon Musk then moved to Pennsylvania. After graduating from college, he went on to found the aerospace manufacturer SpaceX and the automotive and energy company Tesla, Inc.

Sergey Brin

Brin, a native of Moscow, Russia, immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was just six. After attending the University of Maryland and Stanford University, Brin co-founded the international search engine Google.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington, the media magnate who founded The Huffington post, was born in Athens, Greece. She launched her now-massive media empire, which is read by millions of people around the world, after immigrating to New York, New York in 1980.

Max Levchin and Peter Thiel

PayPal was co-founded by immigrant entrepreneurs Max Levchin and Peter Thiel. Levchin immigrated to Chicago from the Ukraine. Thiel was born in Germany and immigrated to Ohio. Together, they created their online payment company, now an international success.

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