A handful of Indian American and South Asian Americans were among the recently released Forbes’ 2017 list of the 400 Richest Americans.
Among those to crack the list included Indian Americans Rishi Shah, Rakesh Gangwal, Romesh T. Wadhwani, Vinod Khosla and Pakistani American Shahid Khan.
Shah, 31, of Chicago, Ill., comes in at No. 206 on Forbes’ 36th annual list of the richest Americans.
The Northwestern University college dropout made his $3.6 billion net worth through his healthcare media firm, Outcome Health.
The company places iPad-like tablets and large-format touch screens in doctors' waiting rooms and offices, Forbes said in his profile.
Outcome plans to sell ads and more for the touch screens to health insurers and hospital systems with the goal of making patients healthier, it said.
Venture capital investors valued Outcome Health at $5.6 billion in May 2017, and Shah owns about 80 percent of the company, according to the publication.
Gangwal and Wadhwani were among 14 people — a group that included TV mogul Oprah Winfrey and eBay's Meg Whitman — to amass a net worth of $3 billion, sitting at No. 264 on the list.
Gangwal, 64, of Miami, Fla., made his fortune from InterGlobe Aviation, the parent company of budget airline IndiGo, which is India's largest by marketshare.
Gangwal started his airline career with United Airlines in 1984 and went on to run U.S. Airways Group as its chief executive and chairman, Forbes said.
The Indian American co-founded IndiGo, headquartered outside Delhi, with pal Rahul Bhatia (also a billionaire) in 2006 with one aircraft, the publication said.
The Indian Institute of Technology and Wharton School of Business graduate owns close to 37 percent of the company and now serves as a board member, it added.
Wadhwani is the chairman and CEO of Symphony Technology Group, which brings in $2.5 billion in annual revenues.
In January 2017 the firm sold MSC Software to Swedish company Hexagon for $834 million, Forbes said.
After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Wadhwani went to Carnegie Mellon and received a doctorate in 1972 in electrical engineering, it added.
The serial entrepreneur later founded Aspect Development, which i2 Technologies acquired for $9.3 billion in stock in 1999. He sits on the boards of the Kennedy Center and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Khosla, a venture capitalist, is valued at $2.1 billion. The 62-year-old comes in at No. 374 on the publication's annual list.
Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. His firm invests in experimental technologies such as biomedicine and robotics, Forbes noted.
Khosla co-founded computer hardware firm Sun Microsystems in 1982 with Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy and Scott McNealy. He spent 18 years at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers before launching his own fund, it added.
Khan, 67, came in at No. 72 on the Forbes list. The Naples, Fla., resident has a self-made fortune.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Khan is an engineer by trade who bought auto parts supplier Flex-N-Gate from his former employer in 1980, Forbes noted. His design for a one-piece truck bumper was the basis for his success, it said.
Additionally, Khan owns the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, which he bought in 2012, and U.K.'s Fulham football club, which he bought in 2013.
The list was topped by familiar faces that regularly appear on the wealthiest lists. Topping the list is Microsoft's Bill Gates with a net worth of $89 billion. Gates is followed by Amazon's Jeff Bezos ($81.5 billion), Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett ($78 billion), Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg ($71 billion) and Oracle's Larry Ellison ($59 billion).
Also on the list is President Donald Trump. The commander-in-chief came in at No. 248 on the list with his fortune plummeting $600 million to $3.1 billion in 2017, Forbes said.
To make the list, an individual had to have a net worth of at least $2 billion, which is up 18 percent from a year ago.
The list featured 22 newcomers, 14 of whom are self-made entrepreneurs, according to Forbes.