There’s many immigrant become millionaires. They come from others countries and using their skills to become wealthy. It ain’t easy because they don’t get any special incentive from government. In my countries, there’s many immigrant become rich after work hard. They manage their finance properly and some of them have more money than me. Sometimes, I’m curious why my local people become poor eventhough they have a qualification and healthy body.
Back to the topic, this is 7 entreprenuers become millionaire after come to US
1. Josie Natori
Age : 64
Come From : Philippines
Occupation : Founder and CEO, the Natori Company
She move from Philippines to New York to study at Manhattanville College in 1964. At first, she was getting culture shock because of the weather, food and culture. She also a homesick but it can’t stopped her to achieve ambition.
After get an economic degree, she work at Bache & Company on Wall Street in 1971. In 1974, her application to become a U.S citizen was approved and in 1976 she and her husband started her own business. She has open a car wash to running a McDonald’s franchise. In 1977, her sleepwear design become a popular and it is early start for her company to earn multi million income. To enhance the profit, her business also include fragrances, home decor and eyewear. In 2011 her company generated more than $150 million in retail sales.
2. Lowell Hawthorne
Age : 52
Come From : Jamaica
Occupation : Founder and CEO Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill
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He moving from Jamaica to Bronx in 1981 at the age 21 with green card in hand. His early job is as an assistant stock handler with he New York Police Department. Not satisfied with the job, he studies and earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Bronx Community College and was promoted to accountant.
It is still not enough, he want to work alongside family and get idea for Golden Krust, a Carribean-themed, family style eatery. He combined with his sister and brother to open this business at US. It ain’t easy because their loans was rejected by the bank. They keep on to get the capital and their first restaurant opened in the Bronx on 1989. After 3 years, Hawthorne resign from his job at NYPD and become US citizen in 1992. Nowaday, his Golden Krust has established in more than 100 locations in nine states. In 2011, the company generated $100 miilion in revenue and he open for more franchaise.
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Come From : Austria
Occupation : Hollywood actor and former California governor
To become a governor and not original citizen from US ain’t easy. This Hollywood actor is originally from Thal, Austria. At first, he come to US as a body building in 1968 at age 21. He cast in films such as Hercules in New York and Stay Hungry at his early career. His role in film ‘Conan the Barbarian’ make him as one of promising action actor in 1982. He get a US citizen in 1983 and starred the box office movie ‘The Terminator’ a year later. In 2003, he won for governor of California and serving for two term.
4. Shama Kabani
Age : 27
Come From : India
Occupation : Founder and CEO the Marketing Zen Group
Kabani came to US with her family in 1994 when she in at the age 9. Her father work as a taxi driver and her mother ran a cafe.From the cafe, she turned it into a Subway franchise. She started her first business selling gift wrapping paper with her younger sister. She get master’s in organizational communications from the University of Texas in 2008 where she wrote a thesis on the impact of Twitter and social media. After being rejected by several companies, she founded the Marketing Zen Group, a full service online marketing and digital PR firm.
Her company has become big and could afford to employ 30 people. In 2011, the company earn around $1 million and expected to double in 2012.
She just get her naturalized citizen on October 29 this year.
5. Sergey Brin
Age : 39
Come From : Russia
Occupation : Co-founder and director of special projects, Google
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This multibillionaire Google co-founder was left Moscow to America with his family in 1979 when he was 6 years old. Brin has become a mathematician and economist by earning a B.A in mathematics and computer science in 1993 at the University of Maryland. He come to Stanford University and received a masters of science and Ph.D.At the Stanford, he met Larry Page and come with idea for the most popular search engine, Google in 1998. In 2004, the company went public and Brin became a billionaire. His net is worth at $22.5 billion now.
6. Carlos Castro
Age : 58
Come From : El Savador
Occupation : President and CEO, Todos Supermarket
Castro come to California from El Salvador in 1980 at age 26. He forced to leave his wife and young children behind at the time. He entered the US illegally and work as janitor and a dishwsher and cook at a restaurant before become a legal resident in 1986. He working in construction and in 1987 he opened a small construction business of his own. In 1988, he opened a Hispanic grocery store after get suggestion from his family friend. He spent another years to learn before opened the first TOdos Supermarket in Woodbridge , Va in 1990. The Todos Supermarket get $15.9 million sales last year and the sales is about $18 million for 2012.
7. Jose Wilfredo Flores
Age : 42
Come From : El Salvador
Occupation : Owner and founder, W Concrete
Flores has come from El Salvador to Philadelphia at age 14 to escape from brutal civil war.
After arriving in D.C, it worked part time cleaning offices while attending Lincoln Middle School.At 15, he left school to work full time in construction.. He became eligible for a legal work permit. By age 25 he supervising a crew of 50. Ten years ago, he used saving and a line of credit to start W Concrete in Jessup, MD. In 2011, the business earn a $6.6 million.
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It give me inspiration. If this people can become rich in outerside country so do I. Maybe I’m not live in US but there’s also big opportunity in my country to become millionaire. Hope this blog could help me to push this target.