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List of Japanese by net worth
This is a list of Japanese people by net worth. According to the Forbes global list of billionaires, Japanese citizens make up 22% of the world’s billionaires, second only to the United States.
Many of the Japanese people on this list made their fortunes in real estate or in the construction industry. Some, like Masayoshi Son and Tadashi Yanai, have made their money in the tech industry. Others, like Akira Mori and Nobutada Saji, have inherited their wealth.
Some of the people on this list, like Hiroshi Mikitani and Masayoshi Son, are well-known in the business world. Others, like Akira Mori and Nobutada Saji, are less well-known but no less wealthy.
All of the people on this list are incredibly wealthy, with a combined net worth of over $1 trillion.
1. Masayoshi Son – $24.9 billion
Masayoshi Son is a Japanese business magnate and the founder and current CEO of SoftBank, one of the largest technology conglomerates in the world. He is also the chairman of Sprint Corporation and the CEO of SoftBank Group International.
Son was born in Tosu, Japan, in 1957. His father was a Korean immigrant who had come to Japan to escape the Korean War. Son’s father worked as a labourer and then as a truck driver before eventually starting his own business.
Son was a gifted student and was accepted into the prestigious University of Tokyo at the age of 16. He dropped out after just one semester, however, to start his own company.
Son’s first company was a computer services company called SoftBank Corporation. The company was successful and soon expanded into other areas, such as publishing and telecommunications. In 1995, Son took SoftBank public, making himself and his shareholders billions of dollars.
In 2000, Son made one of his most famous investments when he invested $20 million in a little-known Chinese e-commerce company called Alibaba Group. Alibaba would go on to become one of the most successful companies in history, and Son’s investment would make him billions of dollars.
In 2006, Son acquired the Japanese mobile phone operator Vodafone KK for $15 billion. The acquisition made SoftBank the largest mobile phone operator in Japan.
In 2012, Son announced a $20 billion investment in Sprint Corporation, making SoftBank the majority shareholder in the American telecom company.
In 2016, Son announced a $100 billion investment fund called the SoftBank Vision Fund. The fund has invested in many high-profile companies, such as Uber, WeWork, and Arm Holdings.
Son is known for his aggressive investing style and his willingness to take risks. He has been both praised and criticized for his business tactics. Nevertheless, there is no denying that he is one of the most successful businessmen in history.
2. Tadashi Yanai – $23 billion
Tadashi Yanai is a Japanese businessman and the founder, chairman, and CEO of Fast Retailing, one of the largest clothing retailers in the world. He is also the largest shareholder in Fast Retailing.
Yanai was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, in 1949. His father was a tailor and his mother was a homemaker. Yanai grew up in a poor family and often had to help his father with his work.
After graduating from high school, Yanai worked for a local tailor before eventually opening his own clothing store in 1971. The store was successful and Yanai soon opened more stores across Japan. In 1984, he renamed his company Fast Retailing and began expanding internationally.
Today, Fast Retailing operates over 2,000 stores in 19 countries around the world. The company’s most famous brand is Uniqlo, a chain of casual clothing stores that sells high-quality clothes at low prices. Uniqlo is one of the most popular clothing brands in the world and has been praised for its simple but stylish designs.
Yanai is one of Japan’s richest men and one of the richest men in the world. He has a net worth of $23 billion as of 2021. He is known for his frugal lifestyle and his commitment to Fast Retailing. In recent years, he has been outspoken about his desire to make Fast Retailing the world’s biggest clothing retailer.
3. Akira Mori – $17 billion
Akira Mori is a Japanese businessman and the chairman and CEO of Mori Trust, one of Japan’s largest real estate companies. He is also the chairman of Mori Building Company, another large real estate company. Mori is one of Japan’s richest men and has a net worth of $17 billion as of 2021.
Mori was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1934. His father was a businessman who founded Mori Trust in 1960. Akira Mori inherited his father’s business when he died in 1967. Under Akira Mori’s leadership, Mori Trust has become one of Japan’s largest real estate companies. It owns or manages over 200 buildings across Japan, including many landmark buildings in Tokyo such as Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown.
Mori is also the chairman of Mori Building Company, which was founded by his father in 1959. Mori Building Company is one of Japan’s leading real estate developers and has developed many iconic buildings in Tokyo, such as Toranomon Hills and Ark Hills Sengokuyama Residence.
Mori is married to Hiroko Mori and has three children. His son Hironori Mori is the president of Mori Trust and his daughter Keiko Mori is the president of Mori Building Company. His other son Takahiro Mori is a businessman who owns several restaurants in Tokyo.
|Nankai no hanataba||1942||Kusakabe, pilot|
|The 47 Ronin||1941||Ecchûmori Hosokawa (uncredited)|
|Kimi to boku||1941||Kenzô Asano|
|Geidô ichidai otoko||1941|
|Nippon no tamashii||1938||Bunkichi - Une's stepson|
|Ajia no musume||1938|
|Aa kokyo||1938||Shinkichi Takino|
|Roei no uta||1938||Hideo|
|The Straits of Love and Hate||1937||Yoshitaro Suzuki|
|Machi no himegimi||1936||Atsumi - Rich Gentleman|
|Joryû tanpô kisha||1935||Sugimura / Sakae Ôsawa|
|Katsujinken: Araki Mataemon||1935|
|Kokoro no hatoba||1934||Minoru Shôji|
|Shôwa jinsei an'nai||1933||Noboru Takazawa - Kiyoko's boyfriend|
|Kiri no yo no hodô||1933||Morishita|
|Qingdao kara kita onna||1933|
|Yajikita dôchû Tôkaidô||1931||Gonji|
|Gakusei Sandai-ki - Shôwa jidai||1930|
|Rônin-gai - Dai-san-wa: Tsukareta hitobito||1929|
|Kubi no za||1929|
|Zoku Mito Kômon Sanyodohen||1929|
|Semushi to aniki||1928|
|The Family||1974||Tabuchi, Chief Secretary|
|Mamushi no kyôdai: kyôkatsu san-oku-en||1973|
|Furyô anego den: Inoshika Ochô||1973||Yoshikazu Kurokawa (as Seizaburô Kawadu)|
|Hissatsu shikakenin||1972||TV Series||Anzai Kaneko|
|Hibotan bakuto: Jingi tooshimasu||1972|
|Hibotan Bakuto: Oinochi Itadaki masu||1971||Jinpachi Tomita|
|A Boss with the Samurai Spirit||1971||President Ato|
|Joshigakuen Yabai Sotsugyô||1970|
|Japan Organized Crime Boss||1969||Yato|
|Hibotan bakuto: Tekkaba retsuden||1969|
|Gendai yakuza: yotamono jingi||1969||Tazaka|
|Shôwa zankyô-den: Karajishi jingi||1969|
|Furyô banchô: Inoshika Ochô||1969|
|East China Sea||1968||Ganaha|
|Masho no onna||1968|
|Snake Woman's Curse||1968||Cyôbei Ônuma , Landlord|
|Zoku shacho hanjôki||1968|
|Zoku soshiki bôryoku||1967||Kikukawa|
|Shôwa zankyô-den: Chizome no karajishi||1967||Gôzô Akutsu|
|Zankyô Abarehada||1967||Somegorô Kurogane|
|Noren ichidai: jôkyô||1966|
|Showa zankyo-den: Ippiki okami||1966|
|Jigoku no okite ni asu wa nai||1966||Takeo Yamazaki|
|Tange Sazen: Hien iaigiri||1966|
|Tattooed Life||1965||Akamatsu Jugoro|
|Uchû daikaijû Dogora||1964||Gangster Boss|
|Kemono no tawamure||1964||Ippei Kusakado|
|Utsukushiki uso||1963||TV Series|
|Interpol Code 8||1963||Haitani - Natsuo's Boss|
|Zoku shachô gaiyûki||1963|
|New Tale of Zatoichi||1963||Banno|
|Zoku shachô manyûki||1963|
|Attack Squadron!||1963||Kosaku Aruga|
|Zoku shachô yôkôki||1962|
|Gorath||1962||Tada - Minister of Finance|
|Zoku sararîman shimizu minato||1962|
|Yojimbo||1961||Seibê - Brothel Operator|
|Wakarete ikiru toki mo||1961||Michi's father|
|Ankokugai no dankon||1961||Yûsaku Ôshima|
|Daredevil in the Castle||1961||Harunaga Ono|
|Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi||1960|
|Densô ningen||1960||Mr. Onishi|
|The Last Gunfight||1960||Kyuzaburo Oka|
|Sengoku gunto-den||1959||Hyoe Yamana|
|Senbazuru hichô||1959||Shimofusanokami Ônuma|
|Onna to kaizoku||1959||Genjiro Kawashima|
|Ankokugai no kaoyaku||1959|
|Jirochô gaiden: Haikagura kiso no himatsuri||1958|
|The Young Beast||1958|
|Aijô no miyako||1958||Shôgo Ôbayashi|
|Zokuzoku Ôban: Dotô hen||1957|
|Zoku Ôban: Fûun hen||1957||Kanji Kitani|
|Nemuri Kyôshirô burai hikae dainibu||1957|
|Tange Sazen: Kenun no maki||1956|
|Nemuri Kyôshirô burai hikae||1956|
|Suzaki Paradaisu: Akashingô||1956||Mr. Ochiai|
|Akuma no machi||1956||Hayasaki|
|Jirochô gaiden: Akiba no himatsuri||1955|
|Jirochô yûkyôden: amagi garasu||1955|
|Ginza 24 chou||1955||Katsumi Kyôgoku|
|Ryanko no Yatarô||1955||Keima no Masa|
|Rakûjitsu no kettô||1955||Ippei Shizuno|
|Jirochô sangokushi: kaitô-ichi no abarenbô||1954|
|Jirochô sangokushi: Kôjinyama zenzen||1954|
|Tômei ningen||1954||Takamitsu Nanjô, the Invisible Man|
|Ore no kenjû wa subayai||1954||Ippei Shizuno|
|Yurei otoko||1954||Kindaichi Kou-Suke|
|Jirochô sangokushi: nagurikomi kôshûji||1953|
|Jirochô sangokushi: seizoroi Shimizu Minato||1953|
|Jirochô sangokushi: tabi garasu jirochô ikka||1953|
|Jirochô sangokushi: hatsu iwai Shimizu Minato||1953|
|Jirochô sangokushi: Jirochô to Ishimatsu||1953|
|Jirochô sangokushi: Jirochô hatsutabi||1953|
|Jirochô sangokushi: nagurikomi kôjinyama||1952|
|Yatarô gasa: zenkôhen||1952||Ichiba no Kichi|
|Suttobi kago||1952||Naojirô Kataoka|
|Zoku Akôjô||1952||Yasubei Horibe|
|Yoidore hachiman ki||1951|
|Wakasama samurai torimonochô: nazo no nômen yashiki||1950|
|Sasameyuki||1950||Teinosuke, Sachiko's husband|
|Joi no Shinsatsushitsu||1950||Dr. Noma|
|Onna no tatakai||1949|
|Tonosama Hotel||1949||Yasunao Hanakôji|
|Utsukushiki hyô||1948||Saburô Aoyagi|
|Kôfuku eno shôtai||1947|
|Kanjôkai no bara||1945|
|Ikarî no umi||1944|
|Ano hata o ute||1944|
|Ahen senso||1943||Boku Shiei [Mu Zi Ying]|
|Tsubasa no gaika||1942|
|Asu o tsukuru hitobito||1946||Himself|
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia