Some Asian American Entrepreneurs I Admire

Updated on June 9, 2020
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Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. As of 2/2020, Jack has over 100,000 views.

I am an American first and foremost. I am a product of the American dream. I am also of Asian descent and heritage. I would like to pay tribute to some other Asians who have not only succeeded in their business but also gave back to their community. They are true heroes.

My List ... Will Be Added to as Time Goes On

  • Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos
  • Chieh Huang, CEO of Boxed
  • Amy Chua, author, "Tiger Mom"
  • Allison Lee Pillinger, author, "The Bleeding Heart Conservative"
  • Michelle Malkin, Political talk radio host, commentator, and author.
  • Wei Lee, Chief Product Architect at Garmin

Tony Hsieh, Zappos

Tony Hsieh moved his company's headquarters to downtown Las Vegas to revitalize a dying city landmark. In the process, he brought other startups back downtown.

Chieh Huang
Chieh Huang

Chieh Huang, Boxed

Chieh Huang decided to help pay his employees' children's college education tuition and also pay for employees' weddings. What a commitment to his employees and giving back.

Amy Chua
Amy Chua

Amy Chua, Tiger Mom

Amy Chua withstood vicious remarks by her critics and raised two great daughters. Her tough-love approach to child-rearing may not work for everyone but it is a winning formula for others.

Allison Pillinger, Bleeding Heart Conservative

Allison Lee Pillinger wrote a book explaining conservative values and how they are the best philosophy for all to live their lives.

Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin, Conservative Talk Show Host

Michelle Malkin is one of a few successful Asian conservative talk show hosts, and her books are also right on the mark.

Wei Lee
Wei Lee

Wei Lee, Garmin

At Garmin, Wei Lee designs products that are real useful such as GPS devices.

Role Models

It is important to have good role models. We are a melting pot of immigrants. We also recognize individual and cultural differences. It is human nature to gravitate to a group we most identify with. As an American of Asian descent, I look for people of similar backgrounds for inspiration. These individuals are great role models for all American youths but especially for Asian youths.


These are some of my personal heroes. They are true examples of success not only financially for themselves but as caring human beings. They are real role models for future generations. I am so proud of what they have done for our country.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2017 Jack Lee


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