There are a number of very prominent American citizens of Indian origin who have made great strides in various fields of human endeavor – from science and research to politics, from information technology to the academia, and from the media to music and entertainment. Many people are inspired by their stories, but few know of their Indian ancestry.
One of the most Indian Americans making great impacts on the society and setting the trail for others to follow is digital publishing whiz kid, Anik Singal, who was was recognized by Businessweek as of the Top 3 US Entrepreneurs Under 25. Here’s an abridged profile of Anik Signal and 4 other most inspiring Indian Americans of all time.
Anik Singal represents one the greatest success stories of youth entrepreneurship of his generation. While still an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, this inventive digital entrepreneur was named by Hinman CEOs as Entrepreneur of the Year, and awarded the prize of Company of the Year by MTech. He’s also on the list of Inc 500 CEO.
His company Lurn, Inc have blazed the trail and set new heights in profit-generating digital product launched and have been listed two times as the Fasted Growing Companies in America. The specialties of these enterprises include article marketing, affiliate marketing, search engine optimization and business management consulting.
Generating over $20 Million in annual sales, Anik’s groundbreaking digital publishing businesses has further contributed over $100 Million in sales of online products of his own and clients’ businesses.
Today, Anik mentored over 250,000 people around the globe on how to make profit-generating business from their passion. He finds extra fulfillment and satisfaction seeing his students go on to become incredible successes and top industry experts. He is also trying to make significant impacts in India, helping to build four schools in the country with further plans to make the educational project mission global on the platform of his nonprofit, For All Our Good.
Nikki Haley is an Indian-American politician with remarkable records. She is the first woman
Governor of South Carolina; and, at the age of 44, is the youngest current governor in the United States.
She is the second Governor in the US with Indian origin, after Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. She was voted India Abroad Person of the Year 2010 and has won several other prestigious awards for her feats including the Palmetto Leadership Award. Harley is a former president of the National Association of Women Business Owners and has been named on the Board of Director of the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce and Lexington Chamber of Commerce.
TIME magazine columnist and editor-at-large, Fareed Zakaria is also the famous host of ' Fareed Zakaria GPS' on CNN, one of the intelligent shows on American TV. He has interviewed prominent world leaders including Barrack Obama, Dmitry Medvedev, King Abdullah II, Lula da Silva, and Manmohan Singh. Zakaria has gained reputation as one of the most influential and powerful media personalities in the US.
Kal Pen, born Kalpen Suresh Modi, is a popular Hollywood actor and producer, best known for his role in the Harold and Kumar film series. He said he was motivated by the need to correct the ridiculous Indian stereotypes in some Hollywood movies.
Kal also worked in President Obama administration as Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, achieving greater political heights.
Uniquely talented Indian-American music artist and songwriter, Norah Jones was born as Geetali Norah Shankar. Jones sold more than 50 million albums and won nine Grammy Awards in a sterling career hits its peak in the last decade which was named as top jazz artist by Billboard.