Top 10 East Asian Entrepreneurs

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Joey Lin, CEO

Spark Revenue
Chevy Chase, Md.

No. 216
2010 Revenue: $7.1 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,442%

Joey Lin is Chinese American, growing up in Los Angeles. "Both of my parents were immigrants and I grew up in a single parent household, so I guess you can say that a sort of bootstrap mentality has been ingrained in me since I was a kid," says Lin, CEO of online marketing company Spark Revenue. "Watching my mom, a restaurant owner, work long hours every day to support her kids instilled a work ethic that has influenced me in my business life." He says the bottom line of his mother's teachings: "You're not going to win every day, but show up, work hard and good things will happen."