156. Jen-hsun Huang

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

Huang’s road to the Amer­i­can Dream started with a board­ing school in ru­ral Ken­tucky. The Tai­wan na­tive, who moved to Thai­land as a child, was sent to live with his aunt and un­cle in the U.S. to es­cape civil un­rest. But his newly em­i­grated rel­a­tives en­rolled him in a school for trou­bled youth, mis­tak­ing it for a prep school. He even­tu­ally re­united with his par­ents in Ore­gon, where as a teen he worked as a bus­boy and then a waiter at Denny’s. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Stan­ford, Huang co­founded Nvidia. The graphic­chips gi­ant now sup­plies chips for com­put­ers, data cen­ters and self­driv­ing cars.

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