Tag: immigrant

Jawed Karim, Co-founder of Youtube

Jawed Karim was born in Merseburg, East Germany in 1979. His father, Naimul Karim, is a Muslim Bangladeshi who works as a researcher at 3M and his mother, Christine, is a German scientist of biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. He crossed the old East-West German border with his family in 1981 and grew up in Neuss, […]

Max Levchin, Cofounder of PayPal

Maksymilian Rafailovych “Max” Levchyn was born in in Kiev in 1975 to a Ukrainian Jewish family. In 1991 he moved to the United States under political asylum and settled in Chicago.  In an interview with Emily Chang of Bloomberg, Levchin discussed overcoming adversity as a child. He had respiratory problems and doctors doubted his chances of survival. He took up […]

Eduardo Saverin, Facebook Cofounder

Eduardo Luiz Saverin was born in São Paulo, Brazil, to a wealthy Jewish Brazilian family. In 1993, the family immigrated to the U.S., settling in Miami. Saverin attended Harvard University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. During his junior year at Harvard, Saverin met fellow Harvard undergraduate, Mark Zuckerberg. Noting the lack of a dedicated social networking website […]

Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post

Huffington was born in Athens, Greece and at the age of 16 moved to the United Kingdom to study economics at Girton College in Cambridge. Here, she became the first foreign, and third female President of the Cambridge Union. Huffington began writing books in the 1970s, with editorial help from Benard Levin, the love of her life, mentor and role model. The two traveled to […]

Lupita Nyong’o: Mexican-born Kenyan Actress

Lupita Amondi Nyong’o is a Mexican-Kenyan actress, born in Mexico to Kenyan parents and raised in Kenya. Her parents, Dorothy and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, were in political exile at the time of her birth, but managed to return to their homeland of Kenya during their daughter’s childhood. Her father later became part of the country’s senate while […]

Tan Le: Co-founder of Emotiv

Tan Le is a Vietnamese-Australian telecommunications entrepreneur who co-founded brain monitoring company Emotiv. Born in South Vietnam, Le migrated to Australia as a refugee with her family in 1982. She began university studies at the age of 16 and completed a bachelor’s degree in law and commerce at Monash University. Her first venture was SASme, a pioneer […]

Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada

The 26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005), Adrienne Clarkson is universally acknowledged to have transformed the office during her six years at Rideau Hall and to have left an indelible mark on Canada’s history.  Clarkson was born in Hong Kong and came to Canada as a refugee in 1942. Her family settled in Ottawa, where she […]