He was born on 23 June 1911.
He got a scholarship to study History at Oxford and was tossed out for not studying.
Then he became an apprentice chef in the Hotel Majestic in Paris.
After a year, he returned to Scotland and started selling stoves.
He was so good at selling stoves that his employer asked him to write an instruction manual, The Theory and Practice of Selling the AGA Cooker, for the other salesmen.
30 years later, Fortune magazine called it the finest sales instruction manual ever written.
After seeing the manual, his brother recommended him to a London advertising agency Mather & Crowther and they offered him a position as an Account Executive.
He worked for MI6. He analyzed and made recommendations on matters of diplomacy and security.
After the war, he bought a farm in Pennsylvania and lived there for several years, but eventually, he admitted his limitations as a farmer and moved to Manhattan.
Having worked as a chef, researcher, and farmer, he now started his own advertising agency.
You know which one? Ogilvy & Mather (Now – Ogilvy)