The 2009 Inc. 500: Top 10 Asian-Run Companies

Monoprice, Asian CEOs
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Jong Lee and Seok Hong, Co-founders, Monoprice, No. 197

Both Jong Lee and Seok Hong were born in Seoul, Korea. Lee, Monoprice's CEO, got an earlier moved to the U.S. at age 17.After graduating from University in Seoul, Hong, who is now Monoprice’s VP, worked for Samsung in Brazil; he immigrated to the U.S. at age 28. In 2002, the pair started their company, which sells audio-video components and connectivity products online. Their seed money? $6,000. Their headquarters? An apartment in Los Angeles.