Apollo Moon Mission (1961-1975)

For wealthy tech entrepreneur, a timely connection

For wealthy tech entrepreneur, a timely connection

The gig: Chester J. Pipkin is the founder, chief executive and chairman of Belkin International. He started the Playa Vista company in his parents' Hawthorne garage in the early 1980s. The company capitalized on the early explosion in personal computing, selling devices that connected computers to printers. Through the years the company has kept pace if not stayed ahead of the changing tech landscape. In 2014, Fast Co. named Belkin one of the 10 most innovative companies specializing in the "Internet of things" thanks to its Wemo line of Internet-connected home accessories. Growing up with tinkerers: Pipkin's parents both worked with their hands. His mother moved west...