The tech world has lost one of the people that shaped this industry. Andy Grove, born András István Gróf, escaped from communist controlled Hungary when he was 20 and mover to the US.
After working at Fairchild Semiconductor, he was the first hire at Intel and became director of engineering of the newly founded Intel. Later, he would become Intel’s president in 1979, its CEO in 1987, and its Chairman and CEO in 1997. People in the industry consider that he was the one that pushed the transformation of Intel from a manufacturer of memory chips into one of the world’s dominant producers of microprocessors.
This morning, Twitter was flooded with messages mourning Grove’s passing.
I’m sad to hear that Andy Grove has died. I loved working with him. He was one of the great business leaders of the 20th century.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) March 22, 2016
Andy Grove was one of the giants of the technology world. He loved our country and epitomized America at its best. Rest in peace. — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 22, 2016
Saddened by the passing of Andy Grove…a pioneer, a leader and a
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) March 22, 2016
RIP Andy Grove. The best company builder Silicon Valley has ever seen, and likely will ever see.
— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) March 22, 2016
Andy Grove has also written two management books, High Output Management and Only the Paranoid Survive. He is survived by his wife, Eva, two daughters and eight grandchildren.