Top 10 South Asian Entrepreneurs

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Shazi Visram, CEO and Founder

New York City

No. 68
2010 Revenue: $13.3 million
Three-Year Growth: 3,207%

Shazi Visram is the daughter of a Tanzanian man and Pakistani mother; a combination that she says enriched her childhood and her future in business. She grew up in Birmingham, Ala. and watched her parents—with no prior experience—successfully run a hotel. "My parents worked very hard, and had that pride that comes from working for yourself, being your own boss, and then finding ways to give back. I was deeply influenced by that," adds Visram, who founded healthy baby food company HappyBaby.