I have a theory that executives tend to hire people who look like them, only younger, as their proteges. Often this quasi-nepotistic practice leads to discrimination and privilege and so forth, but sometimes it works out.
For example, one of the key American scientific public intellectuals of World War II was Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) of MIT. He co-founded Raytheon in 1922, which is a giant defense contractor today. He was dean of MIT school of engineering in the 1930s, and during WWII was more or less the top scientific advisor of the war effort, pushing for the Manhattan Project and much else.
Among other projects, Bush built analog computers during the 1920s and 1930s, such as his differential analyzer.
One of his proteges on the computing machine project was a student named Claude Shannon (1916-2001).
At age 21, Shannon wrote an epochal thesis pointing out that there was a simpler way to design electronic computing machines.
Each previous computing machine had been a tour de force of ad hoc design, but Shannon had learned in a philosophy undergrad course that in the 1850s George Boole had invented binary algebra, which would be ideal for electronic devices.
There existed an entire shelf of books working out Boolean logic, which electrical engineers could adopt wholesale.
This trillion dollar bill laying on the sidewalk probably paid for the entire 2500 year history of philosophy instruction.
It probably didn’t hurt that the mentor and protege were remarkably similar looking, down to the slightly smug but with good-reason half-smiles.