Gerard Leonard Frederik Philips (9 October 1858 – 26 January 1942) was a famous Dutch industrialist who co-founded with his father Frederik Philips the Philips Company as a family business in 1891. Gerard and his younger brother Anton Philips later incorporated the business in 1912 as the NV Philips' Gloeilampenfabrieken. Gerard was the first CEO of the Philips corporation, the base for the later Philips multinational. 
As a young man Gerard Philips became interested in electronics and engineering. In May 1891 his father Benjamin Frederik became the financier for Gerard's purchase of the old factory building in Eindhoven where he established the first factory in 1891. They operated the Philips Company as a family business for more than a decade.
On 19 March 1896 Gerard married Johanna van der Willigen (30 September 1862 – 1942). They had no children.
Gerard's brought his nephew Frits Philips into the business. Later they brought in Anton's grandson, Franz Otten.
The two brothers founded the Philips Sport Vereniging (Philips Sports Association), which later developed into the independent Philips Sport Vereniging N.V.
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