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Gerard Philips

AKA Gerard Leonard Frederik Philips

Born: 9-Oct-1858
Birthplace: Zaltbommel, Natherlands
Died: 25-Jan-1942
Location of death: The Hague, Netherlands
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: Netherlands
Executive summary: Founder of Philips Electronics

With financial backing from his father, a wealthy banker, Gerard Philips founded Philips & Company (now Royal Philips Electronics) on 18 May 1891 as a manufacturer of incandescent lamps. He had technical knowledge but no business expertise, and the company teetered near bankruptcy for several years, until Gerard's younger brother Anton, who had experience working at a brokerage firm, joined the company in 1895. Karl Marx was their cousin by marriage, after he wed Jenny von Westphalen, a niece of Philips' father.

Father: Benjamin Frederik David Philips (banker, b. 1-Dec-1830, d. 12-Jun-1900)
Mother: Mary Heyligers Philips ("Betsy", b. 1836, d. 1921)
Brother: Leonard Henri Philips (10-Oct-1859, d. 22-Mar-1861)
Sister: Isabelle Philips (b. 13-May-1861)
Brother: Henri Louis Philips (b. 10-Jun-1863)
Brother: Frederik Anton Philips (b. 16-Dec-1864, d. 20-Oct-1865)
Brother: Jacques Philips (b. 28-Feb-1870, d. 22-Aug-1898)
Brother: Edonard Josef Philips (b. 30-Jun-1872)
Brother: Anton Frederik Philips (Philips executive, b. 14-Mar-1874, d. 7-Oct-1951)
Sister: Marie Elisabeth Philips (b. 1-Apr-1879)
Wife: Johanna Van Der Willigen Philips (b. 30-Sep-1862, m. 19-Mar-1896, d. 1942, no children)

    High School: Arnhem Higher Burger School, Arnhem, Netherlands (1879)
    University: Mechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology (1883)

    Dutch Ancestry

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