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Hiroshi Mikitani

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Net worth 2018: $5.57 Billion
Industry: Technology
Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Country: Japan
BirthDay: 11 March 1965
Sigh: Aries
Children: 2
Education: Master of Business Administration, Harvard University
BIOGRAPHY

Hiroshi Mikitani was bornon 11 March 1965 in Tokyo, Japan, Japan. Hiroshi Mikitani is #348 in List Billionaires People In The World. Mikitani is founder and CEO of Rakuten, Japan's biggest e-commerce retailer. In 2016 Rakuten shut down retail operations in the U.K., Austria and Spain. In 2015, Rakuten invested $300 million in ride-sharing app and Uber competitor Lyft. Rakuten spent $900 million in 2014 to buy messaging service Viber, which competes with Facebook's WhatsApp. Rakuten led a $100 million investment round in Pinterest in 2012.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2009

$3.4 Billion

2010

$4.8 Billion

2011

$5.6 Billion

2012

$6.2 Billion

2013

$5.6 Billion

2014

$9.3 Billion

2015

$9.3 Billion

2016

$7.3 Billion

2017

$5.8 Billion

2018

$5.57 Billion

TIMELINE
2017

and the 2017 Spain-Japan Business Contribution Award by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

2014

In 2014, Mikitani was awarded the rank of Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French government

2013

The Golden Eagles won the 2013 Japan Series, two years after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Sendai and the Tōhoku region

2012

In 2012, Mikitani was awarded the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award, one of the school's highest honors

2011

In June 2011, in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, he quit the federation, announcing his decision via Twitter before sending in his formal letter of resignation, saying it was no longer the same organization he had joined, and he disagreed with its support for continued reliance on the nuclear industry for electricity, and its reluctance to carry out reforms that could help Japan compete internationally

2010

It was a renaming of the "Japan e-business association", which had been established in February 2010 to open it to non-online businesses

2005

Mikitani rebuilt, restored and renovated the stadium in Sendai, prior to the team's inaugural season in 2005

2004

Mikitani had joined Keidanren, the powerful Japanese business federation, in 2004

2001

Mikitani has been president of Rakuten since its founding, and in 2001 he also became chairman

1999

in 1999, and Mikitani took it public on the JASDAQ in 2000

1997

with three co-founders and US$250,000 of their own money, launching the online marketplace Rakuten Ichiba in Japan on May 1, 1997

1996

In 1996, Mikitani started looking at various business models, and decided to launch an online shopping mall

1995

In 1995, after an earthquake in Kobe caused significant damage so that the city could no longer maintain the Vissel Kobe football club, Mikitani was asked to take over operations of the team

1988

Mikitani worked at the Industrial Bank of Japan (now part of Mizuho Corporate Bank) from 1988 to 1996, with a break from 1991 to 1993 to attend Harvard

1972

His father, Ryoichi Mikitani, was an economist who was Japan's first Fulbright Scholar to the US and taught for two years at Yale University; during that time, from 1972 to 1974, the family lived in New Haven, Connecticut

1965

Hiroshi Mikitani Twitter accountHiroshi Mikitani (三木谷浩史, Mikitani Hiroshi) (born March 11, 1965) is a Japanese billionaire businessman and the founder, chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc

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