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4 Indians among 13 who went to US with nothing and made it big

Last updated on: February 3, 2012 14:04 IST

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There are some people who have gone to the United States with practically nothing and have made a fortune there.

Here we take a look at 13 such people, including four from India, according to Business Insider.

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Indra Nooyi

CEO of PepsiCo

Nooyi is an Indian-born American business executive. She is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the second-largest food and beverage business in the world (by net revenue).

According to Forbes, she is consistently ranked among World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

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Vinod Dham

'Father of Pentium'

Dham is an inventor, entrepreneur and venture vapitalist. He is popularly known as the Father of the Pentium chip for his contribution to the development of highly successful Pentium Processors from Intel.

He is a mentor, advisor and invest#8744 and sits on the boards of many companies including promising startups funded through his India based fund - Indo US Venture Partners, where he is the founding Managing Director.

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Rajat Gupta

Former managing director of McKinsey and Company

Gupta was the managing director (chief executive) of management consultancy McKinsey and Company from 1994 to 2003 and a business leader in India and the United States.

He was arrested in late 2011 by the FBI on insider trading charges stemming from the Raj Rajaratnam Galleon Group case.

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Gurbaksh Chahal

Founder of Gwallet

Chahal is an Indian-American Internet entrepreneur and a best-selling author.

By the age of 25, he had founded and sold two advertising companies for a total of $340 million.

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Jerry Yang

Founder of Yahoo

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, on November 6, 1968, Yang moved to San Jose, California, at the age of 10 with his mother and younger brother.

His father died when Yang was two. He claimed that despite his mother being an English teacher, he only knew one English word (shoe) on his arrival.

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Andrew Ly

Founder of Sugar Bowl Bakery

Ly founded Sugar Bowl Bakery in 1984 with his four brothers and became president and chief executive officer of Ly Brothers Corporation in 1993, a parent company of Sugar Bowl Bakery.

Named one of the "Top 15 Food and Beverage Manufacturers in the Bay Area" by the San Francisco Business Times in 2008, Sugar Bowl Bakery is one of the largest family-owned and operated bakeries in Northern California, with customers worldwide.

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Elie Wiesel

Author

Elie Wiesel is a Romanian-born Jewish-American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor.

He is the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps.

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Mel Martinez

Former US Senator and current chairman of Chase Bank Florida

Martinez is a former United States Senator from Florida and served as Chairman of the Republican Party from November 2006 until October 19, 2007, the first Latino to serve as chairman of a major party.

Previously, Martinez served as the 12th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George W Bush.

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Andy Grove

Co-founder of Intel Corporation

Grove is a Hungarian-born Jewish-American businessman, engineer, author, and a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry.

He escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of 20 and moved to the US, where he finished his education.

He later became CEO of Intel and was a pioneering figure in transforming the company into a giant.

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Lowell Hawthorne

Founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill is a Jamaican, West Indian and Caribbean cuisine fast food chain based in the Bronx, New York.

There are 120 Golden Krust restaurants in almost a dozen states including Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Massachusetts.

The company also distributes food products to retailers, and is the largest producer of Caribbean style baked products in the US and considered the foremost Jamaican business in the US.

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Gene Simmons

Rockstar

Simmons is an Israeli-American rock bassist, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur and actor. Known as 'The Demon', he is the bassist/co-vocalist of Kiss, a hard rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s.

Kiss has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

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Ahmad Meradji

CEO of Booklogix

Meradji has over 25 years of experience in publishing and on-demand printing. He was one of the first individuals involved in setting up the first digital book publishing and on-demand printing models at Xerox, later serving as a consultant in publishing industry.

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Felix Sanchez de la Vega Guzman

Founder of Puebla Foods

Guzman, from Mexico, built a successful tortilla company, which has expanded throughout the United States and into Mexico. The company is now valued at about $19 million.

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