Most Successful British Companies Founded by Immigrants: Skype
Skype, a global peer-to-peer Internet communications service, was founded by Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennström from Sweden. The Skype software was created by Estonians Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn. Although Skype was registered in Luxemburg, its success lies much with the founders Niklas and Janus moving to London in 2003 and setting up Skype’s business operations in the U.K. while software development continued in Estonia. As of 2010, Skype was available in 27 languages and has 660 million worldwide users, an average of over 100 million active each month.