In this year’s “state of the internet” presentation, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker noted that more than a third of the top tech companies in the U.S. were founded by foreigners.
According to a report from the Partnership for a New American Economy, nine of the top 25 U.S. public tech companies were founded by people born outside the U.S. That’s 36%.
These are the founders:
- Sergey Brin, Russia (Google)
- Eduardo Saverin, Brazil (Facebook)
- Andrew Viterbi, Italy (Qualcomm)
- Pierre Omidyar, France (eBay)
- Cecil Green, UK (Texas Instruments)
- Edouard Bugnion, Switzerland (VMware)
- Jerry Yang, Taiwan (Yahoo)
- Francisco D’souza, Indian descent but born in Kenya and Kumar Mahadeva, Sri Lanka (Cognizant Technology)
- Eli Harari, Israel (Sandisk)