Mar. 21, 1950, in Chicago
Acted like a grown-up even as a kid. While his three siblings hiked in the fields of their parents' farm, Galvin sold homemade butter door-to-door. When his brother and two sisters played in the snowfalls of their Skokie (Ill.) neighborhood, Galvin earned money by shoveling neighbors' driveways.
Graduated from Cranwell, a Lenox (Mass.) prep school, in 1969. He was captain of his ski and lacrosse teams and senior-class president. He received a BA in political science from Northwestern University in 1973 and an MBA from Northwestern's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1977.
Has spent his entire career at Motorola (MOT ). Began as a college student, working summers selling two-way radios to police precincts in Chicago. In 1973, he joined Motorola's radio division. In 1984, he got a big boost--to general manager of U.S. operations for Tegal, a unit that made semiconductor components. He rose through the ranks to COO in 1993 and CEO in 1997.
His father and former Motorola CEO, Robert. Chris has tried to emulate his dad's commitment to innovation and his management philosophy that lieutenants should run their own businesses.
He usually leaves work by 6:30 p.m. to be with Cynthia, his wife of 22 years, and their teenage son. The couple has another son in college.
Fly-fishing with his sons and golf. Galvin, about a 12 handicapper, tries to squeeze in rounds at Pebble Beach when he's in Silicon Valley. Although his game needs work, he's intensely competitive, friends say. He gets anxious about short putts. "[He] hates losing the five bucks," says Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems and an occasional golf mate.