WASHINGTON: Indian-American politician Swati Dandekar has been nominated as Executive Director to Asian Development Bank with ambassadorial rank by US President Barack Obama. The first-ever Indian-American to be elected to Iowa House of Representatives in 2003, Dandekar, 64, would replace Robert M Orr, who has held the position since 2010.

Dandekar was the first Indian-born American citizen to win a state legislature seat in the United States. Obama announced his intent to nominate Dandekar to this top US position in Asian Development Bank (ADB) along with other key administration appointments and nominations.

"I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service. I look forward to working with them," Obama said.
A member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009, Dandekar was also member of the Iowa Senate from 2009 to 2011. Thereafter, she served on the Iowa Utilities Board from 2011 to 2013. From 2000 to 2003, she was a member of the Vision Iowa Board of Directors.

Dandekar, who with her husband Arvind migrated to the US in 1973, also served on the Linn-Mar Community School District Board of Education from 1996 to 2002 and was a member of the Iowa Association of School Boards from 2000 to 2002.
NEW YORK: Two Indian-origin businessmen have been ranked by Forbes magazine among the richest entrepreneurs in America under the age of 40, a list that has been topped by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Vivek Ramaswamy, 30, a former hedge fund manager, has been ranked 33rd on the list with a net worth of USD 500 million. Forbes said his source of wealth is investments. On the 40th spot is 29-year old Apoorva Mehta, the founder and CEO of Instacart, the web-based grocery delivery service. Mehta's net worth is USD 400 million.

Zuckerberg leads the pack with a net worth of USD 47.1 billion, more than four times as much as the second person in the ranks, his cofounder and college friend Dustin Moskovitz. At number three is Jan Koum, who came to America at age 16. He started WhatsApp, now the world's biggest mobile messaging service with 800 million users in 2009 and sold it to Facebook for about USD 22 billion in cash and stock in 2014.

Forbes said California techies dominate the first ever list of the nation's 40 most successful young entrepreneurs under the age of 40, "reaffirming the American Dream and proving yet again that there is no better way right now to get rich fast than to go west and convince venture investors to back your most ambitious ideas." Elizabeth Holmes is the only woman to make the 'America's Richest Entrepreneurs under 40'. Holmes quit Stanford at age 19 to start blood testing company Theranos. However recently in a setback, the FDA told Holmes that her company was using an unapproved blood collection device.

All of the young entrepreneurs in the list have net worths of USD 400 million or more and 34 made their money in the tech sector. Twenty-one are billionaires and many either created or work for some of the hottest tech companies, including Uber, AirBnB, Fitbit, GitHub, Instacart and Pinterest.

The list's youngest member is Palmer Luckey, who was just 21 years old when he sold his virtual reality equipment company, Oculus, to Facebook for USD 2.3 billion in July 2014. Luckey's net worth is USD 700 million and is one of half a dozen in the ranks who are still in their 20s, Forbes said.