The Top Ten Wealthiest Immigrants in the US – And How They Got There

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America’s success has always been rooted in the abilities and talents of its immigrants, both past and present. And in the midst of a politically tense campaign for immigration reform, it is easy to forget the importance of immigrants in shaping our economic destiny. Indeed, past immigrants are the creators of the American dream, and the present desire of immigrants to continue to pursue that dream is a herald of how important immigration’s legacy is to the United States and the entire international community. Nowhere is this more apparent than the Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans – many on the list are immigrants. Below we’ve outlined the top ten immigrants in the Forbes 400, all of whom exemplify the importance of immigration in America, both as innovators and job providers for thousands of Americans.

 

 

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10. Haim Saban

How he made his fortune: Television
Net worth: $3.4 billion
Place of Birth: Alexandria, Egypt
Rank: 143
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9. Shahid Khan

How he made his fortune: Auto parts
Net worth: $3.8 billion
Place of Birth: Lahore, Pakistan
Rank: 122
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8. John Tu

How he made his fortune: Computer hardware
Net worth: $4 billion
Place of Birth: Chongqing, China
Rank: 110
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7. David Sun

How he made his fortune: Computer hardware
Net worth: $4 billion
Place of Birth: China
Rank: 110
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6. Do Won Chang

How he made his fortune: Founded Forever 21
Net worth: $5 billion
Place of Birth: South Korea
Rank: 90
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5. Pierre Omidyar

How he made his fortune: Founded Ebay
Net worth: $8.5 billion
Place of Birth: Paris, France
Rank: 47
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4. Patrick Soon-Shiong

How he made his fortune: Pharmaceuticals
Net worth: $9 billion
Place of Birth: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Rank: 45
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3. Len Blavatnik

How he made his fortune: Diversified Investments
Net worth: $17.8 billion
Place of Birth: Odessa, Ukraine
Rank: 22
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2. George Soros

How he made his fortune: Hedge Funds
Net worth: $20 billion
Place of Birth: Budapest, Hungary
Rank: 19
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1. Sergey Brin

How he made his fortune: Co-founded Google
Net worth: $24.4 billion
Place of Birth: Moscow, Russia
Rank: 14
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