Niranjan Shah’s life expresses the aspirations on which America was founded. His accomplishments form the type of rags to riches story popularized by Horatio Alger. He is an example of how the Indian diaspora has benefited many countries worldwide.
Mr. Niranjan Shah grew up poor in a small village in rural India. As a young boy, he did not have access to many things that Americans take for granted. These included such basics as running water and electricity. Yet he dared to dream. He worked hard and never gave up.
Granted a full scholarship to study engineering at the University of Mississippi, he took advantage of every opportunity his new country gave him. He even founded his own engineering and architectural company. Based in Chicago, Globetrotters Engineering Corporation provides consulting services as well as being involved in construction management. It has won multiple awards.
Despite being the Chairman Emeritus and founder of such a prestigious firm, Mr. Shah makes time for philanthropy. He brings the same entrepreneurial spirit to his charitable efforts that he used to build his company. He has also worked tirelessly to raise money for the Democratic Party. Due to his efforts in this area, he’s been invited half a dozen times to the White House.
When he was a small child living in a rural village, he never imagined that one day he would enjoy breakfast at such a prestigious location!
With his remarkable life story, Niranjan Shah joins the ranks of Indian immigrants who show how, through their grit, determination and positive attitude, anything can be achieved. It’s no wonder that overseas Indians are such a powerful economic force. In the U.K., they own about 60% of all independent retail outlets. In Hong Kong they account for 10% of all exports. And in the United States, they are among the highest earning immigrant groups, with nearly half of them joining the ranks of professionals such as doctors and engineers.
Yet as Mr. Naranjan Shah has shown, for overseas Indians, it’s not just about professional success. It’s also about giving back.