Top 10 Latino and Hispanic Entrepreneurs

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Alex Charfen, CEO

Charfen Institute
Austin

No. 21
2010 Revenue: $9.9 million
Three-Year Growth: 8,007%

Alex Charfen (pictured third from the right at the bottom) grew up in Mexico City and moved to the United States when he was five. In 2008, after investing in Florida real estate for about a decade, the housing market crumbled and Charfen and his wife went bankrupt. “It was one of the most formative experiences of my life,” he says. But Charfen would not give up. He relocated his family to Austin, and founded Charfen Institute, a firm that helps distressed homeowners find solutions to foreclosure issues.