Andy Grove is not the typical Silicon Valley success story. Most people do not know much about the founder of Intel. Unlike many immigrants in the tech field, Grove did not enter the US as a student or on an H-1B visa. He entered as a political refugee (interestingly, Sergei Brin, founder of Google, entered in the same status).
Grove was born in to a Jewish family in 1936 in Hungary and spent his early years on the run from the Nazis. Several members of his family did not survive the Holocaust including his grandmother who was killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Unlike many Jews who left Europe after World War II, Grove's family remained in Hungary. But they finally fled during the uprising in that country in 1956 and came to the US.
Grove's meteoric rise in the tech sector began shortly after that. He went on to graduate college in the US and receive a Ph.D and then began work with Fairchild Semiconductor. He became Intel's fourth employee and then moved in to the president position in 1979. He oversaw the dramatic rise of the company over the next 25 years holding the additional positions of Chairman of the Board and CEO.
Grove has numerous patents and awards including being named Time Magazine's 1997 Man of the Year. In 2004, Wharton named him the most influential businessperson in the last 25 years.
Of course, it's not necessary to discuss just how important Intel is to all of us. The technology developed by the company has changed the world and, along with companies like Microsoft and Google, kept the American technology sector at the forefront of the world. Grove certainly can claim some of the glory for the company's success.