Niranjan Shah like many East Indian emigrants in America has prospered in his new home. He received his bachelor’s degree in India and his master’s degree in Mississippi. He later relocated to Chicago and made his mark on the engineering industry. Niranjan Shah, like many of his fellow countrymen have used the opportunities available in the United States to excel in his Chicago business and prosper.
*Some of the statistics that suggest Indian emigres are some of the hardest working people making up this melting pot are below:
*In 1990, Indians had a $52,908 median income, the highest of all the emigres.
*The worldwide consulting staff is 2% Indian.
*Indians were the most prominent ethnic group in a list of London’s wealthiest families.
*Despite representing only 1% of the population in Hong Kong, Indians own 10% of the exporting businesses.
*In England, Indians own 60% of the retail outlets.
*Indians excel in running hotels and motels. Two well-known Indians, B.U. Patel and H.P. Rama own flourishing hotels: a 440 room Clarion Hotel in San Francisco and a 170-room hotel in Orlando, Florida, respectively.
*Indians commonly hold positions of authority in the consumer banking, investment baking and research.
*Corporate America has many Indians serving as CEOs and other higher executives, such as senior Research and Development Managers. An excellent example would be Vinod Dham, vice president at Intel who hired 400 engineers who later developed the Pentium chip.
*Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, sold it at age 30 and now works in venture capital.
*Umang Gupta sold his software company for $45 million at age 44.
Many Indians obtain their undergraduate degrees in India, but come to America for higher degrees, such as their master’s degree. Niranjan Shah followed a similar path in obtaining his education before moving to Chicago and starting a very successful business. Like many Indians he spoke fluent English before coming to America, so assimilation was without any major effort.
Niranjan Shah is an excellent example of the great things achieved by Indian emigres in the United States. As an entrepreneur he has provided employment for many. As a United States citizen, Shah has contributed to political candidates in Chicago and in the federal government. He has also showed his civic mindedness through serving on college boards, city commissions and hospital boards.
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