CEO Today Top 50 – Masayoshi Son
CEO Top 50
Name: Masayoshi Son
Net worth: Approx. $20 billion
Bio: In 1980, Masayoshi Son graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Economics. In order to become a role model for ethnic Korean children in Japan, Son decided to keep his Korean-style surname.
Son, now Japan’s richest man, founded SoftBank Group Corp. in 1981 as a distributor of computer software. Among others, it now owns operations in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-commerce, finance, media and marketing.
SoftBank was ranked 62nd in the Forbes Global 2000 list of largest public companies in the world, and the third largest public company in Japan, after Mitsubishi UFJ Financial and Toyota. Between 2009 and 2014, SoftBank’s market capitalization increased by 557%, the highest market capitalization in the world over that period.
In Forbes Magazine‘s List of The World’s Most Powerful People, Son was listed 45th in 2013.
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