Google, one of the country’s best-known brands, was founded in 1998 by PhD students Larry Page and Sergey Brin. You’re probably aware of Google’s search engine, their mobile devices (hello android), and their famous “Do No Evil” tagline, but did you know one of the company’s founders is an immigrant?
Sergey Brin immigrated to the United States with his family from the Soviet Union at the age of six. In 1998, he co-founded Google, which is responsible for approximately 40,000 US jobs.
AT&T is an iconic US brand, best known for its phone service. AT&T is the largest cell phone provider in the country, as well as the largest supplier of fixed telephones. As one of the world’s biggest brands (in terms of revenue) worldwide, AT&T is a household name globally, but did you know the company’s founder also had international roots?
Alexander Graham Bell founded AT&T (now responsible for over 266,000 jobs worldwide, and 42,000 in the US) in 1983. He had immigrated to the US from Scotland only 12 years prior.
Technology companies are not the only places immigrants excel – did you know Kraft Foods was also founded by an immigrant? James Kraft founded the company in 1901, but before that, he was an immigrant from Canada who started out selling cheese in from a horse-drawn wagon. His company now employs 133,000 employees around the world, including 40,000 in the US.
Even if you haven’t heard of P&G, you’ve definitely heard of their subsidiary companies. Here’s a hint: you probably use their products. Kellogg, Pringles, Crest, Bounty, and Tide are all Procter and Gamble brands. You probably also didn’t know that P&G (currently responsible for over 34,000 US employees) was founded by English Immigrants William Procter and James Gamble in 1837.
American fashion retailer Nordstrom is best known for its stylish clothes and out-of-my-range (literally) prices. The company was founded in 1901 by Swedish immigrant Johan Nordstrom. The company now employs over 46,000 employees – all in the United States! Fun fact: Johan Nordstrom came to the US at age 16, with only $5 in his pocket.