Top 10 Telugu Living Legends In USA

1. Satya Nadella

1. Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella hails from Hyderabad and he happens to be the CEO of the IT giant Microsoft which is the world's biggest company. Satya Nadella is the only Telugu person to hold the highest position in North America. He is also the highest wage earner amongst all the private companies across the world.

2. C R Rao

2. C R Rao

He is a very popular statistician and well renowned academician. He is the only person in the world to receive doctorates from 38 Universities belonging to 19 countries across the globe. He lives in Pittsburgh and he is also the only Indian to receive the prestigious Fellow Of Royal Society. He is aged 96 years.

3. Prem Sagar Reddy

3. Prem Sagar Reddy

He hails from the small city of Nellore and is today the resident of California, USA. He is the owner of 19 hospitals in America and is a well renowned cardiologist. He came to be known as one of the wealthiest people living in America. From a long time, he has been giving donations to the tune of millions of dollars and is an ardent benefactor of Telugu culture and tradition.

4. Velcheru Narayana Rao

4. Velcheru Narayana Rao

He is the only Telugu professor in America from the past 40 years and by translating many great Telugu works including Kanyasulkam to English, he has brought a lot of recognition to the Telugu language. He is a renowned Telugu scholar who is working as Telugu professor in Emory University, Atlanta from a long time.

5. Vemuri Venkateswara Rao

5. Vemuri Venkateswara Rao

He lives in the Bay Area of California and he stands as one of the prominent among the first generation Telugu writers. He has been working relentlessly on Telugu culture, literature from a long time and holds the honour of establishing the Telugu language department in the University Of California, Berkeley.

6. Rathna Kumar (Papa)

6. Rathna Kumar (Papa)

She is living in Houston and happens to be the disciple of the great dance Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. She is an international danseuse who has set up America's first and biggest Kuchipudi dance school. She is the only American Indian to have received Kendra Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award. She has trained thousands of dancers from the past 40 years and is the only American Indian to receive the honorary doctorate from Telugu University.

7. Sarada Poorna

7. Sarada Poorna


She hails from Chicago and is the recipient of doctorate in Telugu and Sanskrit languages. She has set up an entity named 'SAPNA' and from 40 years, she has been offering her services by organizing Annamacharya Sankeertanotsavam and Carnatic Sangeet Utsavam. She is one among the first generation Telugu culture intellectuals in USA.

8. Vemuri Venkata Ramanadham

8. Vemuri Venkata Ramanadham

He is aged 95 and he carries with him a legacy of fame and repute. He is famous as one of the first generation Telugu poets in America. He has dedicated his life to writing poetry and Sathadika Vyasa Parampara. He has also earned great repute by working as an economist in the United Nations.

9. Nori Dattatreyudu

9. Nori Dattatreyudu

He was born in Krishna district and today he is a resident of New York. He is the chairman of the radiation oncology unit at the famous New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens. He is also a well known professor and holds the position of vice chairman at the Radiation Oncology Department at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He played a key role in the development of brachytherapy.

10. Kuchibhotla Anand

10. Kuchibhotla Anand

He is the founder of 'Silicon Andhra' an organization which has been striving to promote Telugu culture and tradition across USA. He is now incharge of developing the village of Kuchipudi as a model village and also make it the number one destination in the world for Kuchipudi dance. He is also setting up Silicon Andhra University in California which would focus on Telugu language and its education.

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