This week Indian-American tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy launched his 2024 presidential bid becoming the second Indian American to enter the Republican Party’s presidential primary after Nikki Haley.
About Nikki Haley
Haley was born Nimarata Nikki Randhawa on January 20, 1972, at Bamberg County Hospital in Bamberg, South Carolina, to immigrant Sikh parents from Punjab, India. Her father, Ajit Singh Randhawa, and her mother, Raj Kaur Randhawa, emigrated to the United States from Amritsar District, Punjab, India.
She served as the 116th governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017. She was the 29th United States ambassador to the United Nations from January 2017 to December 2018. Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, and earned an accounting degree from Clemson University. She joined her family’s clothing business before serving as treasurer and then president of the National Association of Women Business Owners. First elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004, she served three terms.
In 2010, during her third term, she was elected governor of South Carolina and re-elected in 2014. Haley was the first female governor of South Carolina, the youngest governor in the country and the second governor of Indian descent (after fellow Republican Bobby Jindal of Louisiana). She was the first female governor of Asian American heritage. In 2017, Haley became the first Indian American presidential cabinet member. Haley served as United States ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018, following confirmation by the U.S. Senate in a 96–4 vote, and upon taking the oath of office on January 27, 2017.
Haley affirmed the United States’s willingness to use military force in response to further North Korean missile tests in the wake of the 2017–2018 North Korea crisis. She defended U.S. interests, particularly U.S. support of Israel, at the Security Council, and led the withdrawal of the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council. She decided to step down as Ambassador on December 31, 2018 voluntarily. Haley is a candidate in the 2024 Republican Party presidential primaries for president of the United States in the 2024 U.S. presidential election.
About Vivek Ramaswamy
Ramaswamy was born in 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised there. His parents emigrated from Vadakkencherry, Palakkad, Kerala, India. His father graduated from a regional engineering college in Kerala and worked for General Electric as an engineer and patent attorney, while his mother graduated from Mysore Medical College and worked as a geriatric psychiatrist. He is an American entrepreneur, author, and conservative political activist. The author of Woke, Inc. (2021) and Nation of Victims (2022), he was labeled “one of the intellectual godfathers of the anti-woke movement” by Politico. After working as an investment partner, Ramaswamy founded the biopharmaceutical company Roivant Sciences in 2014. Since 2020, he has been writing and speaking out against stakeholder capitalism, big tech censorship, and critical race theory. After leaving Roivant in 2021, Ramaswamy co-founded Strive Asset Management and serves as its executive chairman, an investment firm opposed to the environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) framework.