The 2009 Inc. 500|5000: The Top 10 Indian-Run Companies

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Dr. Kiran Patel, Freedom Health

Rank: No. 7
Location: Tampa, FL
Revenue: $182.8 million

Born in Zambia, educated in India, Dr. Kiran Patel arrived in the United States Thanksgiving Day, 1976. He returned home to attend medical school, where he met his wife, a fellow student, but ultimately decided to return to the U.S. permanently. "I wanted to make sure my children had a better future, and the political climate in Africa at the time was a bit challenging," he says.