Hi, you have a really tricky situation and will have a very hard time setting things up without a business immigration attorney. Theoretically, there would be several ways for you to get a visa that would allow you to come to the U.S. to run and control the US business. You do not necessarily have to be the investor and do not necessarily need an investor visa. To have the best chance for success you will need to sufficiently capitalize the business. Whats trciky about this is that an immigration or consular officer, generally one without business experience, will be charged with deciding if you have sufficient capital. There may be some other approaches, but immigration is very fact specific. Good luck,
Are you familiar with the E-3 Visa? It is similar to the H-1B (e.g. you must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent). This visa category (E-3) is only available to Australians (limited to 10,000 per year). While you also must have a U.S. company offer you a position, there are no rules prohibiting your ownership in the company. Also, keep in mind that an L-1 will only be available to you if your U.S. company is owned or affiliated with a company that you have also worked for over the last 3 years. If you think you may qualify, please contact me for more information.