Many of America's most famous companies are around today because the early founders of the company found an individual willing to take a chance on investing in the company and helping it move from a start up venture to a grown up company. The venture capital investors who provide this money often are taking tremendous risks since many of the ventures ultimately fail. And that is why banks and more conservative financial institutions are often not willing to take a chance.

One of the most successful venture capitalists is Pakistan-born Ghulab Khan who came to this country as a foreign student at Stanford where he got a masters in engineering and then went on to receive an MBA at Harvard. Among the more successful startups his firm supported - Google, Apple, Youtube, eBay and Yahoo. Pretty good choices! That would largely explain why Mr. Khan is one of our country's wealthiest individuals.