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This section provides over 50 profiles of the most influential or controversial finance writers, thinkers, and entrepreneurs; those who shaped modern finance through their contributions to both theory and practice. These profiles offer insights into the background, defining moments, and legacies of each of the key characters including: Joseph de la Vega, Franco Modigliani, and Louis Bachelier, to Franco Modigliani, Paul Samuelson, and Myron Scholes.

  • Arnold, Lord Weinstock
    One of Britain’s most revered industrialists
    Lord Weinstock was an industrialist and business leader during the post-war period. After spending his military service in the Admiralty, working on government procurement in the Production and Priority Branch, he became a civil servant, before going into finance and property development in London. He later joined his father-in law’s electronics company, Radio & Allied Industries Ltd, which he helped merge with General Electric Company, becoming...
  • C. K. Prahalad
    Influential thinker on competition and innovation
    C. K. Prahalad is an important figure in the development of management strategy, as well as a professor of corporate strategy, writer, and consultant. He studied at the Indian Institute of Management, before completing his MBA, and then his DBA at Harvard. He was cofounder and CEO of Praja Inc, a software company sold to TIBCO, in the US, in 2002. He is also a member of the blue ribbon commission of the United Nations on Private Sector and...
  • David Ricardo
    Founder of the classical school of economics
    David Ricardo was a political economist and writer, and one of the most important figures in the development of economic theory, introducing the theory of rent, and the concept of comparative advantage to the classical system of political economy. After a brief schooling in Holland, he joined his father at the London Stock Exchange, where he learnt about the financial system, which provided an education on the stock market, and real estate that...
  • Gottlieb Daimler
    Pioneer of internal combustion engines and automobiles
    Gottlieb Daimler was a mechanical engineer, designer, and industrialist, who pioneered internal-combustion engines and automobile development in the early years of the industry. He started in engineering at the age of 18, working at various firms, before he and colleague Wilhelm Maybach joined the world’s largest manufacturer of stationary engines, Deutz-AG-Gasmotorenfabrik, to take responsibility for the development of gas engines. In 1882,...
  • Igor Ansoff
    The father of modern strategic management
    Igor Ansoff was a mathematician, university professor, and business consultant. After studying general engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and receiving a PhD in applied mathematics from Brown University, he joined the UCLA senior executive program. During World War II he was a member of the US Naval Reserve, serving as liaison with the Russian navy and as an Instructor in physics at the US Naval Academy. After the war, he worked...
  • Jack Welch
    Innovative and revered business leader
    Jack Welch was a business leader, and the youngest and most successful Chief Executive Officer of General Electric. After receiving a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, he joined General Electric in 1960. Over the next few years, he rose through the organization, becoming its head in 1981. With the intention of building it into the world’s most valuable company, he transformed its organizational structure during the...
  • Louis Gerstner
    Breathed new life into IBM
    Louis Gerstner is a leading business executive, and educationalist. He saved IBM from closure in the 1990s, and transformed it into a global leader in the field of information technology. Prior to joining IBM, he was president of American Express, and chairman and chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco Inc. He is also a director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., a member of the advisory boards of DaimlerChrysler and Sony Corporation, a member of the...
  • Michael Eugene Porter
    Leading authority on competitive strategy
    Michael Porter is a university professor at Harvard Business School, and an influential thinker on management strategy and economics. His ideas on strategy have become the basis for the required strategy course at the Harvard Business School, and his work is taught in virtually every business school around the world. He also created and chairs Harvard’s program for newly appointed CEOs, and he is a leading authority on the competitiveness and...
  • Nicholas Negroponte
    Greek-American digital innovator, and computer scientist
    Nicholas Negroponte is professor of media technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and is best known as the founder of MIT’s Media Lab. He taught at MIT, Yale, Michigan, and the University of California at Berkeley. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine, and was the founder of the One Laptop Per Child organization. He is also...
  • Sun Tzu
    Author of The Art of War
    Sun Tzu was a military general, thought to be a contemporary of Confucius. He was a member of the Chinese aristocratic class of shi, and came from a family of army officers, which gave him a familiarity with military matters. He became a mercenary, and was later appointed as a general, leading a number of successful campaigns. It is believed that Wu, now Anhui Province, under whose sovereign he served, became a dominant power at the time. The...

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