Famous People You Did Not Know Were Immigrants

Famous People You Did Not Know Were Immigrants

The United States is a country built by immigrants. Immigrants have formed and shaped our government and culture from the colonial period onward. At the Miami-based Canero Immigration Law Firm, our attorneys value the impact that immigrants have made in our country. Our experienced immigration attorneys have helped thousands of clients achieve the American dream by obtaining nonimmigrant visas and immigrant visas

Many famous celebrities, authors, and entertainers are immigrants to the United States. You may be surprised to find out that the following famous people immigrated to the United States from another country.


Albert Einstein

Many people do not realize that Albert Einstein eventually immigrated to the United States in his later years. The father of modern physics, Einstein discovered one of the most famous equations and developed the special and general theories of relativity. Einstein was born in 1879 to a German Jewish family. He immigrated to Switzerland to attend school and renounced his German citizenship in 1896 at the age of 16. Einstein returned to Germany in 1914 as a professor at the University of Berlin. 

In the wake of Hitler rising to prominence in the early 1930s, Einstein decided to immigrate to the United States in 1933. He accepted employment at the Institute for Advanced Study in New Jersey. Many Americans opposed Einstein’s immigration to the United States, contending that he had radical views. After immigrating to the United States, Einstein became a naturalized citizen on October 1, 1940. He died in New Jersey in 1955. 


Arianna Huffington 

Arianna Huffington, the world-famous founder of The Huffington Post, immigrated from Greece.  Huffington was born in Greece and decided to go to school in England after receiving a scholarship at the age of 16. When Arianna expressed her dream to go to Cambridge, her father and other neighbors would laugh at her, but her mother persisted in figuring out a way to help Arianna achieve her goals. 

Arianna admits that she tried to stop speaking with her Greek accent, which was quite strong. Eventually, she decided to embrace her accent because she is proud of her heritage. She sold her news organization, the Huffington Post, for $315 million to AOL. In 2016, Huffington received the honor of being number 70 on Forbes’ 2016 Most Powerful Women list. She also became the first female board member at Uber and currently works as the CEO of Thrive Global, a company that she founded. 


Madeleine Albright  

Madeline Albright was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1937. Hitler began advancing into Czechoslovakia when she was only a year old. During the Holocaust, three of Albright’s grandparents died in Nazi concentration camps. Albright’s immediate family fled to England during the war and returned briefly to Czechoslovakia after the end of WWII. Due to her father opposing the communist regime that was taking over Czechoslovakia, her family immigrated to the United States, eventually settling in Denver, Colorado. 

Her father became a professor at the University of Colorado and developed an international relations program, mentoring his daughter and Condoleezza Rice, who would also become a Secretary of State. She eventually earned a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in international relations from Columbia University. She became an international relations professor at Georgetown University and eventually became the first female Secretary of State. 


Bob Hope

Many Americans do not know that the famous entertainer Bob Hope immigrated from England to the United States with his mother and five brothers. Bob Hope and his family traveled to the United States as third-class passengers on a steamship. Immigration officials processed him and his family’s immigration papers on Ellis Island. His family eventually settled in Philadelphia. Bob Hope later said that he thought he was born in England but immigrated at age 4. 


The Hope family eventually settled in Ohio where Bob Hope’s father set up a plumbing business. Bob Hope worked as a butcher’s assistant, a shoe salesman, and an amateur boxer to get by in the early 1920s. He began his acting career in vaudeville then became a well-known film and radio star at the start of World War II. He eventually created a live show that he took on the road, entertaining military troops around the U.S. and internationally. Bob Hope lifted the spirits of U.S. soldiers, sailors, and airmen during a dark time in human history. 


Mila Kunis

Famous actress Mila Kunis immigrated to the United States from Ukraine using a religious-refugee visa at age 7. Kunis’s parents, who are Jewish, fled the Soviet Union at a time when antisemitism was prevalent. When she immigrated, Kunis only spoke Russian, and her parents only had $250 in their pockets. She went on to play a starring role in That ’70s Show. She has since worked on feature films and other television shows. When speaking about her immigration, she points out that her parents went through many challenges to create a better life for their children. 


Michael J. Fox

Famous actor Michael J. Smith emigrated from Canada after moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television. He broke into the American television industry in the television series Family Ties from 1982 to 1989. He also became famous for starring in the hit movie series Back to the Future. He now holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship, after becoming a naturalized citizen in 2000.


Skilled Immigration Attorneys 

Some of the most famous entertainers, scholars, and business people who have lived and worked in the United States emigrated from other countries. If you would like to immigrate to the United States, the attorneys at Canero Immigration Law Firm can help. Our skilled Miami immigration attorneys have helped thousands of clients obtain nonimmigrant visas and immigrant visas. Contact our law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.

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