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The United States is known for being a melting pot and is driven by people from around the world, from all different cultures and backgrounds. In all industries, positions, endeavors and acts, we can see the influence of immigrants on our culture and economy. Immigrants and their descendants are what make the United States such a thriving and diverse country. 

Here we’ve compiled a list of 10 American Immigrants and their accomplishments here in the United States.

10 Influential American Immigrants

1. Sergey Brin


Co-founder of Google. Immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 6.

Born Russia – 1973

2. Mila Kunis


Actress known for her roles in That 70’s Show, the voice of Meg on Family Guy, and many film roles including Black Swan and Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Born Ukraine – 1983

3. Trevor Noah


Comedian, political commentator and host of The Daily Show.

Born South Africa – 1984

4. Sammy Sosa


Former professional baseball player, most notably recognized as playing for the Chicago Cubs.

Born Dominican Republic – 1968

5. Gloria Estefan


Revered singer, songwriter, and actress.

Born Cuba – 1957

6. Ayn Rand


Writer and philosopher best known for her works The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged

Born Russia – 1905

7. Yoko Ono


Artist, singer, songwriter and performer.

Born Japan 1933

8. Jackie Chan


Martial artist, stuntman, and actor known for his innovative stunts and comedy.

Born Hong Kong – 1954

9. M. Night Shyamalan


Filmmaker and actor

Born India – 1970

10. Kiran Desai


Author best known for award-winning book The Inheritance of Loss

Born India – 1971

There are many many many more influential American Immigrants than we had the time to mention here. Immigrants truly make the United States such an interesting place to live and are the backbone of our society. Who are some of your favorite immigrants?

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