The "New American" Fortune 500

Partnership for a New American Economy
Date of Publication: 
June, 2011
Source Organization: 
New American Economy


This report highlights the benefits we receive from immigrants' entrepreneurialism by examining the Fortune 500, a list of companies that help define the American economy. The companies that populate the list — names like Kraft, Ford, General Electric, AT&T, Mattel, Google, McDonald's, Heinz, Estée Lauder, UPS and Disney — are synonymous with America's leading role in the global marketplace.  

But the great American companies listed above are also "New American" companies — companies founded by immigrants or their children: a characteristic they share with more than 200 others on the 2010 Fortune 500 list. This report examines the impact that immigrant entrepreneurs have had on our economy, on millions of workers across virtually all industry sectors, and on America's prosperity. It underscores the opportunities America may lose if future entrepreneurs start their businesses in other countries, especially if we maintain an immigration system that turns many of them away.

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