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7:00pm EDT November 25, 2009

Born: Columbus, Ohio

Education: Bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, Northwestern University; MBA, University of California, Berkeley

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

The person I probably admire more than anybody is Bill Gates. The reason for that is a little bit different maybe than what you would expect. I admire the fact that he’s found a way to take arguably one of the most significant economic achievements that any of us have seen through business and he is taking all that energy and intellect and those financial resources into ways that I think will really make a positive difference for humanity. If I could do the same thing he’s doing, that would be a dream fulfilled.

If you could have dinner with any three people from history, who would they be?

Margaret Thatcher, Tiger Woods and President Obama