A full moon rises behind the skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York, November 21, 2010. The New York Times building sits at left and the new Bank of America tower is in the center, in front of the moon. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Immigrants and their kids founded 43% of the Fortune 500

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Immigrants and their children founded 216 of the 500 largest public US companies, according to an analysis by the Center for American Entrepreneurship.

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A full moon rises behind the skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York, November 21, 2010. The New York Times building sits at left and the new Bank of America tower is in the center, in front of the moon. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
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A full moon rises behind the skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York, November 21, 2010. The New York Times building sits at left and the new Bank of America tower is in the center, in front of the moon. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
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They include European immigrants that founded well-established firms like PepsiCo, Colgate, and DuPont, but also people arriving from other regions, and more recently.

A full moon rises behind the skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York, November 21, 2010. The New York Times building sits at left and the new Bank of America tower is in the center, in front of the moon. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
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Examples include Russian-born Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and Apple founder Steve Jobs, the son of a Syrian immigrant.

A full moon rises behind the skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York, November 21, 2010. The New York Times building sits at left and the new Bank of America tower is in the center, in front of the moon. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
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The presence of immigrant founders is stronger in the technology sector, with 45%, but they have created companies in every field, from finance to retail to media.

A full moon rises behind the skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York, November 21, 2010. The New York Times building sits at left and the new Bank of America tower is in the center, in front of the moon. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
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A full moon rises behind the skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York, November 21, 2010. The New York Times building sits at left and the new Bank of America tower is in the center, in front of the moon. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
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The 216 Fortune 500 firms founded by immigrants or their children employed 12.8 million people around the world and generated $5.3 trillion in revenue in 2016.

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