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GERARD LEONARDO FREDERIK PHILIPS (9 October 1858 – 26 January 1942) was a Dutch industrialist , co-founder (with his father Frederik Philips) of the Philips
Philips
Company as a family business in 1891. Gerard and his younger brother Anton Philips
Philips
changed the business to a corporation by founding in 1912 the NV Philips\' Gloeilampenfabrieken . As the first CEO of the Philips
Philips
corporation, Gerard laid with Anton the base for the later Philips
Philips
multinational.

CONTENTS

* 1 Life and career * 2 Marriage and family * 3 Civic activities * 4 References * 5 External links

LIFE AND CAREER

Born to a Dutch Jewish family, Gerard Philips
Philips
became interested in electronics and engineering. Frederik was the financier for Gerard's purchase of the old factory building in Eindhoven where he established the first factory in 1891. They operated the Philips
Philips
Company as a family business for more than a decade.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

On 19 March 1896 Philips
Philips
married Johanna van der Willigen (30 September 1862 – 1942). They had no children.

Gerard's father was a first cousin of Karl Marx
Karl Marx
(his paternal aunt was Marx's mother). Gerard was an uncle of Frits Philips
Philips
, whom he and his brother brought into the business. Later they brought in his brother's son-in-law, Frans Otten .

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

Gerard and his brother Anton supported education and social programs in Eindhoven, including the Philips
Philips
Sport Vereniging ( Philips
Philips
Sports Association), which they founded. From it the professional football (soccer) department developed into the independent Philips
Philips
Sport Vereniging N.V.

REFERENCES

* ^ Francis Wheen, Karl Marx: A Life, (Fourth Estate, 1999), ISBN 1-85702-637-3