The amazing Anousheh Ansari grew up in Iran coming to the United States only in 1984 without speaking any English. With her husband and brother-in-law she started Telecom Technologies in 1993 selling it just a few years later for half a billion dollars. She used her share of the proceeds to help endow the Ansari X-Prize and also to become, just 10 days ago, the first female space tourist. She has been blogging from space. Today, she returns to Earth.
The GMU connection? She earned her degree in electrical engineering and computing from George Mason University.