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Hiram Machado, President, AdaQuest, No. 485
Growing up in an impoverished area of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Hiram Machado started working at age 13 to help support his family and pay for school fees. He learned first hand the drive of an entrepreneur while working for his uncle in the auto repair shop he owned. Later, while attending university in Brazil, Machado took night classes to learn English so he could land his first real job as a software localization engineer. That job eventually led him to a lucrative position at Microsoft and ultimately to the decision to start AdaQuest, where Machado works with IT companies to adapt their products to non-English-speaking markets.