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Apple, Amazon, Facebook: 44 of the largest US companies 100 founded immigrants

Immigrants or their descendants in the United States founded 44 of the 100 largest companies in the United States, including giants such as Apple, Ford, and AT&T.

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As the National Geographic, immigrant entrepreneurs have always contributed to US economic growth: first- or second-generation Americans played an important role in creating almost half of the Fortune 500 companies listed in 2018.

The list ranges from innovators such as Apple and Amazon to financial leaders such as AT&T and Procter & Gamble. The U.S. economy has provided opportunities—for immigrants and non-immigrants alike—to create companies that provide new services, products, and their own vision for the future.

Infographics: National Geographic, Fortune source

The list included five companies created by immigrants from Russia:


Alphabet Inc. is a holding company located in California. Owns several companies that previously belonged to Google Inc, including Google Inc itself. The holding is headed by Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The latter was born in Moscow into a family of Soviet mathematicians who moved to the United States permanently in 1979, when he was 5 years old.

Home Depot

Home Depot - the world's largest trading network that sells tools for construction and repair, writes Next brands. Home Depot was founded back in 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia. Its creators were four friends - Benny Marcus, Arthur Blank, Ron Brill and Pat Farrah. Benny (Bernard) Marcus is a descendant of Russian immigrants born in New Jersey.


Sysco Corporation is an American multinational corporation engaged in the marketing and distribution of food products to restaurants, medical and educational institutions, hospitality businesses such as hotels and inns, and wholesale distribution to other companies that provide food service services, writes Wikipedia. The company was founded by Herbert Irving, John F. Baugh and Harry Rosenthal in 1969.


Oracle is an American corporation, the second largest revenue producer of software, the largest producer of software for organizations, a major supplier of server hardware. One of the founders, Larry Ellison, a descendant of Russian Jews.


TJX Companies, Inc. is an American multinational off-road stores, headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts. One of the founders of the very first company was Stanley Feldberg, a descendant of Jews from Russia.

And a few more of the most famous immigrant-based companies in the US:

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Apple is an American corporation that manufactures personal and tablet computers, audio players, phones, software. One of the pioneers in the field of personal computers and modern multi-tasking operating systems with a graphical interface. Headquartered in Cupertino, California. Founded by Steve Jobs. His parents were a native of Syria, Abdulfattah (John) Dzhandali and Joan Shibley from a Catholic family of German immigrants.

Amazon, Inc. is an American company, the world's largest in terms of turnover among those selling goods and services via the Internet and one of the first Internet services focused on the sale of real consumer goods. Founder: Jeff Bezos. His stepfather was a Cuban immigrant who adopted the boy at age 4 and gave him his last name.


AT&T Inc. Is an American multinational telecommunications conglomerate headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The world's largest telecommunications company and one of the largest media conglomerates. The beginning of AT&T history is inextricably linked with the name of Alexander Bell, his name is still carried by the company's divisions. Bell was born in Scotland.

Ford Motor

Ford is an American automotive company, a car manufacturer under the Ford brand. The fourth largest car manufacturer in the world in terms of production for the entire period of its existence; currently third in the US after GM and Toyota, and second in Europe after Volkswagen. Its founder, Henry Ford, was born in Detroit, but the entrepreneur's father immigrated from Ireland.


Costco Wholesale Corporation is the world's largest self-storage chain and the fifth largest retailer in the United States. The company is ranked 18th on the Fortune Global 500. James Sinegal and Jeffrey Brotman opened the first warehouse in Seattle on September 15, 1983. Brotman's parents are from Romania and Canada.


PepsiCo, Inc. - American multinational corporation in the food industry, a manufacturer of soft drinks and other food products. Headquartered in Perchise, New York. The company was formed in 1965 by the merger of The Pepsi Cola Company with Frito Lay. The Pepsi Cola Company was founded by North Carolina pharmacist Caleb Bradem, a descendant of immigrants from England, Scotland and Ireland.

Walt Disney

The Walt Disney Company is one of the largest financial conglomerates of the entertainment industry in the world. Founded in October 16 by the brothers Walter and Roy Disney as a small animation studio, it is currently one of the largest Hollywood studios, owner of 1923 amusement parks and two water parks, as well as several television and radio broadcasting networks. Among the ancestors of Walt and Roy Disney were Canadians, British, Irish and Germans.


Facebook is the largest social network in the world and the eponymous company that owns it. 4 was founded on February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommates while studying at Harvard University - Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Eduardo Saverin is a businessman of Brazilian origin who owns 5% of Facebook shares.

Procter & Gamble
The Procter & Gamble Company, P&G, Procter & Gamble is an American multinational company, one of the leaders in the global consumer goods market. The company's shares are taken into account when calculating the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The company is ranked 34th on the Fortune 500. William Procter the candlestick and James Gamble, the soap maker, were English and Irish, respectively.

All information about the companies and their founders are taken from Wikipedia.

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