Entrepreneurship

These 6 Immigrants Left Muslim Countries To Become American Billionaires

The Muslim entrepreneurs that built huge empires and found success in a myriad of industries. And yes, own sports teams too.

When most people think of American Billionaires, people’s minds quickly refer to Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and hedge fund managers.

But in actuality there are quite a few Muslim entrepreneurs that built huge empires and found success in a myriad of industries. And yes, some of them own sports teams too. The following foreign-born billionaires emigrated from Muslim-majority countries and built their wealth in the United States.

Keep Hustlin my friends. I hope to see many of you reach and exceed the pinnacles of success set by these six titans.

(wealth estimates as of January 29, 2017).

Shahid Khan – Pakistan ($7.5 billion)

shahid-khan-penthouse-featured1-1152x648He owns automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate as well as the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and the English football team Fulham F.C.

Haim Saban – Egypt ($3.0 billion)

Haim SabanSaban earned his wealth mainly in the media and entertainment business. He produced the TV show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Hamdi Ulukaya – Turkey ($1.9 billion)

Hamdi UlukayaUlukaya is the founder, CEO and chairman of Chobani, the most popular Greek yogurt brand in the US.

Marc Lasry – Morocco ($1.6 billion)

marc-lasry

A hedge fund manager, Lasry is the cofounder and CEO of Avenue Capital Group. He is also a co-owner of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.

Fayez Sarofim – Egypt ($1.6 billion)

Fayez SarofimAn heir to his family’s fortune, Sarofim is a fund manager for a number of the Dreyfus family stock funds and the original and second largest shareholder of Kinder Morgan. He is also a part owner of the NFL’s Houston Texans.

David Hindawi – Iraq ($1 billion)

David HindawiHindawi cofounded cybersecurity firm Tanium with his son Orion in 2007.

Humans are at the heart of business. Only time will tell what impact these and other immigration policies have on the U.S. economy.

This post originally appeared on Forbes, written by Drew Hansen

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