He was born Grof Andras Istvan in Hungary and in September he celebrated his 70th birthday. Who are we talking about? None other than the man who is responsible for giving computing power to the masses – Andrew Grove.
Surviving Nazi occupation of his country and communist rule, his story of one of the American dream. In 1956 he left his home country for America.
In 1968, he helped to found Intel and made it into one of the world’s most successful companies and one which has seen its computers power hundreds of millions of computers.
His own autobiography, Swimming Across was published in 2001 and now a new book about him, Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American is out.
It tells his story from leaving Hungary to arriving in America and how he became one of the most successful businessmen ever.
Author Richard Tedlow cites Grove’s staggering achievement as CEO of Intel. In 1987 when he was appointed, the company sales were $1.9bn and profits were $246 and in 1998, his last year as CEO, the sales had risen to $26.3bn and profits increased to $6.1bn.
Tedlow also reveals that it is only in recent years in which Grove has been comfortable talking about his background and Jewish identity.
“Part of the mystery of Andy Grove derives from the fact that he is two people—the person and the persona. The persona was managed for the advancement of Intel. The person, until 2001, was very private. When Time chose him as its “Man of the Year” in 1997, he asked that the names of his daughters not be used in the article. Through the 1990s, he was reticent about his family, his religion, and other aspects of his personal life.”
If you want to discover more about a man who came with nothing and enriched a country, Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American makes essential reading.
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