The "Intel Inside" label is widely recognized as a sign that the computer you're looking at is driven by a very sophisticated microprocessor chip. And inside Intel Corp., Andrew S. Grove is known as a savvy leader who has painstakingly worked to guide the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company to the forefront of the digital information revolution.

President and CEO of Intel for 10 years before assuming the duties of chairman and CEO in May 1997, Grove has been Intel's "man for all seasons" for nearly 30 years. He has held a variety of key positions as the company blossomed from a high-tech start-up in 1968 -- it reported a mere $2,672 in revenues its first year -- to a $20.8-billion-a-year corporation that ranked 66th on IndustryWeek's 1997 list of the world's 1,000 largest publicly held manufacturing firms.

Unpretentious, and with a keen sense of humor, Andy Grove is certain to be remembered as one of the chief architects of the Information Age. And, no doubt, he's as surprised as anyone by the record of success he has compiled since 1956 when he emigrated to the U.S. from Hungary with little money and no understanding of the English language. Whatever he may have left behind in the old country in the wake of the unsuccessful Hungarian revolt, he brought with him certain intangibles that have served him -- and Intel -- well. Those intangibles include a passion for learning (he earned a chemical engineering degree from City College of New York in 1960) and a passion for creating and building things of lasting value.

In an interview with IW on his 61st birthday, Grove reflected for a moment on the challenges involved in growing and sustaining the chip-making giant. "In various bits and pieces," he says, "we have steered Intel from a start-up to one of the central companies of the information economy."

That's a nice legacy -- one that he hopes will endure. Indeed, he has worked diligently to ensure that it will. "Importantly," he points out, "the company now has its own momentum. . . . If all of this were to end when I step down, that would be a lousy record to look back at."

Within the computer and information-technology industry, Andy Grove is regarded as a visionary. The financial community and the financial press admire his business savvy. (His 1996 book, Only the Paranoid Survive [Doubleday], quickly shot to the top of the best-seller lists.) Through the years, he has been a scientist (he holds several patents involving semiconductor devices), an operations manager, and a trailblazer into new markets, as well as a forward-thinking business strategist. He currently teaches a course on strategic management at the Stanford University business school.

But most of all, Andy Grove is a builder. While the founders of Intel -- Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce -- were charting a course into an emerging industry, Grove made certain that the pathways were paved with solid brick and mortar. He saw to it that important details weren't left to chance. And as a business leader, he insists that his subordinates take a rigorous approach to their tasks and projects.

"Andy is very disciplined, precise, and detail-oriented," says Dennis Carter, Intel's marketing vice president who served as Grove's technical assistant during the 1980s. "His favorite saying in those days was, 'The devil is in the details.' But at the same time, he has an element of intuition and creativity that is fundamental to Intel's innovation."