Masayoshi Son

Quick Facts

Full NameMasayoshi Yasumoto (安本 正義)
Native Name孫 正義
Korean Name손정의 (Son Jeong-ui)
Date of BirthAugust 11, 1957
Place of BirthTosu, Saga, Japan
NationalityJapanese (naturalized in 1990)
EthnicityThird-generation Zainichi Korean
Alma MaterUniversity of California, Berkeley
DegreeB.A. in Economics
OccupationEntrepreneur, investor, philanthropist
Known ForPrincipal founder of SoftBank, Chairman of Arm Holdings
TitleChairman and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp.
SpouseMasami Ohno
Notable AchievementsInitial $20 million investment in Alibaba Group, worth $132 billion in 2018
ReputationControversial figure, described as eccentric and a gambler, criticized for investment strategies
Forbes Ranking (2013)45th on World’s Most Powerful People
Forbes Ranking (2018)55th on World’s Most Powerful People
Forbes Billionaires (2023)69th on The World’s Billionaires list
Bloomberg Ranking (2023)239th on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index
Major SetbacksLost over $59 billion during the dot-com crash of 2000, surpassed by Elon Musk in financial losses
Early LifeBorn to an ethnic Korean family, faced challenges due to illegal housing, father raised pigs and chickens, successful illegal sake business
Education PathHe moved to California at age 16, completed high school quickly, and attended UC Berkeley to study economics and computer science
Early Business VenturesCreated electronic translator sold to Sharp, imported used video game machines, started video game company Unison World
PhilosophyBelief in the commercial revolution of computer technology, inspired by a microchip featured in a magazine
Role ModelConsidered a role model for ethnic Korean children in Japan

Masayoshi Son Net Worth

Masayoshi Son’s net worth is approximately 28 billion USD.

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