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13 Inspiring Asian-American industry leaders

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This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Industry Leaders Magazine takes a look at the most distinguished Asian-American industry leaders who have shaped America. The list comprises of inspiring Asian-American entrepreneurs, influential Asian-American CEOs and industry leaders.

Inspiring Asian-American Entrepreneurs


Jerry Yang

Co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo!

Inspiring Asian-American entrepreneur Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang and David Filo create Yahoo! in early 1994 and by November of the same year, 170,000 people a day were siting the site. Yahoo! was also the only profitable search engine before March 1998. There was a time before Jerry Yang quit when Yahoo! was valued at as much as $130 million.

James Park

Co-founder and CEO of Fitbit

inspiring asian-american entrepreneur James Park

James Park, a Korean-American tech entrepreneur was listed in Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2015. Fitbit also secured a place in Fact Company’s 50 most innovative companies for 2016.

Steve Chen

Co-founder and former CTO of YouTube

inspiring asian-american entrepreneur Steve Chen

YouTube, created by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim became the tenth most popular website just a year after its launch. Steve Chen is the recipient of the Order of Lincoln – the highest honor of the state of Illinois.

Sabeer Bhatia

Co-founder of Hotmail

Inspiring Asian-American entrepreneur Sabeer Bhatia

Sabber Bhatia created one of the first email services, Hotmail in 1996. Time’s ‘people to watch’ and MIT’s young innovator award, are among the several awards and mentions extended to Sabeer Bhatia.

Jensen Huang

Co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA

Inspiring Asian-American entrepreneur Jensen Huang

He was ranked 2nd in Harvard Business Review’s best performing CEO’s in the world. He is not just one of the most prominent Asian-American CEOs, but also one of the wealthiest Asian-Americans residing in the country.


Inspiring Asian-American Entrepreneurs in Fashion


Don Chang

Founder of Forever21

inspiring asian-american entrepreneurs Don Chang

Forever21 is spread over fifty countries today and earns billions in sales every year. Chang migrated with his wife in 1981 with broken English and without a college degree. His story is referred to time and again by many aspiring Asian-American leaders who want to live the American dream.

Vera Ellen Wang

Founder of the Vera Wang Label

inspiring asian-american entrepreneurs Vera Ellen Wang

Born to Chinese parents, Vera Wang is arguably the most prolific bridal wear designer in America. She was honored with the Chinese American Planning Council's Honoree of the Year Award and the 1994 Girl Scout Council's Woman of Distinction Award.

Alexander Wang

Founder of the Alexander Wang Label

inspiring asian-american entrepreneurs Alexander Wang

Popularly known as the king of Normcore, Alexander Wang started his label at just 21. The label is a family run company and he has recently taken the CEO’s position, making him one of the few designers with full control of their label.


Influential Asian-American CEOs


Indra Nooyi

Former CEO of PepsiCo. and currently serving in the board of directors of Amazon

inspiring asian-american entrepreneurs Indra Nooyi,

Indra Nooyi is consistently ranked among the world’s 100 most influential women. She was 14th on Forbes’ list of most powerful women in 2014 and 2nd in Fortune’s list of most powerful women in 2015.

Sundar Pichai

CEO of Google

influential asian-american CEOs Sundar Pichai

A soft-spoken and modest Sundar Pichai has mapped his way from a project manager to the CEO of this tech giant in just ten years. Since his appointment in 2015, Alphabet’s revenue rose by as much as 81%!

Ajaypal Singh Banga

CEO of Mastercard

influential asian-american CEOs Ajaypal Singh Banga

Along with serving as the CEO of Mastercard since 1997, Ajaypal Singh is also the co-founder of The Cyber Readiness Institute, first vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the United States Council for International Business.

Shantanu Narayen

CEO of Adobe Systems

influential asian-american CEOs Shantanu Narayen

Ranked 12th in HBR’s best-performing CEOs list, Shantanu Narayen is also a board member of Dell Inc. and Pfizer.

Satya Nadella

CEO of Microsoft

influential asian-american CEOs Satya Nadella

Prior to becoming the first non-American CEO of Microsoft, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company. He also serves as a board member for the Starbucks.

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