Immigrant Edge: 9 Wildly Successful Entrepreneurs

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Jean Orelien
Founder, CEO, SciMetrika, a public health consulting firm with $18 million in revenues.
Country of origin: Haiti

I left Haiti when I was 10 years old and finished high school in the West Indies before immigrating to the United States. I hope that we recognize the contributions of immigrants to entrepreneurship and the strength of people coming from different backgrounds. Immigrants bring a different perspective to business and a certain drive and hunger. In college, I never partied or goofed off because I was so focused on the opportunity I was given. It is difficult to explain to my children now how much they have.