156. Jen-hsun Huang
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.