More Than A Third Of The Top US Tech Companies Were Founded By People Born Outside The Country

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)

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