There are hundreds of billionaires in the United States today, and thousands throughout history. Many of them, however, were not originally from here. Instead, they immigrated to the United States for the American Dream, and they succeeded. When they couldn’t find the success they wanted in their home country, they were drawn to the States…and in the process, proved that they could become just as, if not more, successful than the other Americans who had already found success. Some of these people have just started to make their billions (yes, billions), while others have found success for many decades. Others are not even specific people, but entire families, as the wealth and assets that their previous relatives had already built found good hands.
What’s also incredible about these people is that none of them had any real advantage to get to where they are now. Instead, they worked up the ladder, all on their own. For example, Jan Koum (who we will discuss in this list) simply sold his mobile messaging start-up app to Facebook…for a whopping $19 billion dollars! Koum was originally from the Ukraine, and was raised in a village with little to no electricity or hot water. But he had a dream and came to the United States at the young age of 16, where he discovered his true passion in computer networking. After many years of dedicated, hard work, Koum brought his dream to reality with the innovative ‘WhatsApp’, which allowed people to send text messages using different phones. Koum’s story is just one of the ten that we will read about on this list. So let’s get started!
10. Isaac Larian
Originally from Iran, Isaac Larian immigrated to the United States when he was just a teenager, at the age of 17, where he graduated from The California State University. He graduated with a major in civil engineering. Shortly after graduating, he began his own business by selling electronic goods, which eventually expanded into a business of selling the popular toy line of ‘Bratz’ dolls. Today, according to Forbes, Larian has a total net worth of $1.2 billion.