Famous Mentors from Business and their stories
Benjamin Graham mentor to Warren Buffet
When the world’s most successful investor was in Columbia University at the mouldable age of 21, he came across the renowned American economist and professional investor Benjamin Graham. The rest as they say was history. Graham taught and mentored the young Warren Buffett and thus, one of the most fruitful mentor-mentee partnerships was born. Warren Buffett went on to own Geico, the company run by his mentor by his own company, Berkshire Hathaway.
The relationship shared between Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham was a teacher-student one, the depth of knowledge possessed by Benjamin Graham left the young Warren with the right concepts and understanding how investment systems operate. The pupil, in this case, used that knowledge to become one of the richest people in the world.
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Dr. Ed Roberts mentor to Bill Gates
Even one of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates, had a mentor before all the success of Microsoft quite literally skyrocketed his career and collective ambitions. His mentor Dr. Ed Roberts was at that time the creator of the Altair 8800, one of the first microcomputer which sparked on the microcomputer revolution. Bill Gates and his Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen then worked for Ed Roberts and were inspired by him into creating a company of their own, namely Micro-Soft (Micro for microcomputer and Soft for software).
The relationship between Gates and Ed Roberts was professionally inspiring one. The duo of Gates and Allen were required to write a software program for the Altair, which they did and thus began working for Ed Roberts at MITS. The encouragement and mental stimulation achieved by this partnership ensured Microsoft would be a company that would be capable of developing new bridges in the world of technology.
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Robert Friedland mentor to Steve Jobs
When Steve Jobs accidently walked into Robert Friedland’s room to sell his typewriter, he had sparked off a bond of friendship that would last long enough to effect a serious change in Steve Jobs’ attitude and working methods. According to the founder of Apple, “He turned me on to a different level of consciousness”.
The mentor in this case had pulled his mentee out of his shell and turned him into a more open and extrovert personality. As we all know, Steve Jobs was essentially an open minded thinker and thus this tryst with Friedland allowed him to express his brilliant ideas openly and without hesitation. The world is now thankful to the fact that Steve Jobs became what he was, thus underlining the importance of a mentor in someone’s life.
Larry Page/Sergey Brin mentor to Marissa Mayer
The current CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer has in essence been mentored by the founders of one of the largest multinational corporations in the world, Google. Sergey Brin at Stanford University and Larry Page at Google guided Marissa Mayer into the labyrinth of the technological world and thus, provided her with the impetus to go beyond the mere visions of achievement. Today she stands at the helm of another mammoth organization, which in essence is Google’s immediate competitor.
The relationship shared by the above mentioned technology whizzes was a professional one, wherein the brilliance of the creators of Google was shared and insightful techniques to deal with particularly important issues may have been discussed. The knowledge sharing given by mentors of high intelligence is the basis for successful career paths.
Stanford professor Frederick Terman mentor to Bill Hewlett and David Packard
The story of one of the people responsible for the creation of what now is known as Silicon Valley is highly inspiring even to a reader. That Bill Hewlett and David Packard were able to channelize the brilliance of Frederick Terman to create one of the largest consumer PC maker in the world goes on to show the importance of mentorship in a student’s life. The legend goes to say how Terman managed to bring out a list of 25 potential customers for Bill Hewlett and David Packard’s first creation, an audio oscillator.
In addition to being a mentor who could provide knowledge and insights to his pupil’s, Frederick Terman went the further step in trying to help realize Bill and David’s dream. A true mentor will hence be guiding force in addition to taking the required steps to help his mentees pursue their aspirations and goals.
More Famous Mentors-Mentee pairs from Business
- Andy Grove mentor to Steve Jobs
- Don Graham mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
- Andrew Carnegie mentor to Charles Schwab
- Warren Buffet mentor to Michael Lee-Chin (Chairman of National Commercial Bank in Jamaica, philanthropist, and businessman)
- Steve Jobs to Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com
Famous Mentors from Hollywood
- Stella Adler mentor to Marlon Brando
- Madonna is a mentor to Gwyneth Paltrow
- Ingmar Bergman mentor to Woody Allen
- Audrey Hepburn mentor to Elizabeth Taylor
- Adam Farrar mentor to Leonardo DiCaprio
- Peter Lassally (TV-producer) mentor to David Letterman
- Mel Gibson mentor to Heath Ledger
- Tom Sharpin mentor to Russell Crowe
- Gary Cooper is a mentor to Kirk Douglas
- Joseph Papp mentor to Meryl Streep
Famous Mentors from Politics, History and Leadership
- George Mason mentor to Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of the US)
- Gopal Krishna Gokhale mentor to Mahatma Gandhi
- Mahatma Gandhi mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Mahatma Gandhi mentor to Nelson Mandela
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mentor to Jesse Jackson and John Lewis
- Fidel Castro (President of Cuba) mentor to Hugo Chavez (President of Venezuela)
- Michelle Robinson (lawyer) mentor to Barack Obama
- Annie Besant (English social reformer and theosophist) mentor to Jiddu Krishnamurti (Indian religious figure)
- Socrates mentor to Plato
- Plato mentor to Aristotle
- Ralph Waldo Emerson mentor to Henry David Thoreau