Michael Porter was born in 1947. He joined the Harvard faculty where he was hailed "Harvard Business School's star professor of general management". Previously at the age of twenty-six, he earned his economics doctorate there. Earlier he studied aeronautical engineering at Princeton and was a professional golfer. He is considered the "World's leading expert on strategies for competitive advantage" and is highly sought after as a management lecturer. He is one of the highest paid academics anywhere in the world and is usually booked six months in advance. His work "The Competitive Advantage of Nations" analyses the reasons for the ability of ten different countries to gain global market share in certain industries.
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