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Hiroshi Yamauchi

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Net worth 2018: $1.8 Billion
Industry: Gaming
Country: Japan
BirthDay: 7 November 1927
Died On: 19/09/2013
Children: 3
Education: Drop Out, Waseda University
BIOGRAPHY

Hiroshi Yamauchi was bornon 7 November 1927 in Japan. Hiroshi Yamauchi is the largest individual shareholder of Nintendo. He ran the company for 55 years before retiring in 2005. His wealth slumped for second straight year as Nintendo's share price was down another 17% due to the lackluster performance of the new Wii U videogame console against rivals from Microsoft and Sony.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2010

$4.2 Billion

2011

$4.6 Billion

2012

$2.5 Billion

2013

$1.8 Billion

2018

$1.8 Billion

TIMELINE
2013

On September 19, 2013, aged 85, Yamauchi died at a hospital following complications of pneumonia

2012

He was the 12th richest man in Japan due to his shares in Nintendo since its success with the Wii and Nintendo DS consoles

2008

In 2008, Yamauchi was Japan’s wealthiest person with a fortune at that time estimated at $7

2005

He finally left the board on June 29, 2005, due to his age, and because he felt that he was leaving the company in good hands

2002

On May 24, 2002, Yamauchi stepped down as president of Nintendo and was succeeded by the head of Nintendo’s Corporate Planning Division, Satoru Iwata

1999

In 1999, Yamauchi and Nintendo announced their intentions to work on a new system with an IBM Gekko processor and Matsushita DVD technology codenamed Dolphin

1996

In 1996, Nintendo released its new, fully 3D capable console, the Nintendo 64

1995

In the fiscal year ending March 31, 1995, Nintendo achieved revenues of 416 billion yen

1994

Yamauchi had displayed from the beginning a knack at identifying good games even though he had never played them, and he continued to do so alone at least until 1994

1992

It was released a year later in North America and in 1992 in Europe, in both regions as the "Super Nintendo Entertainment System" (SNES)

1990

In the early 1990s, the Seattle Mariners were available for sale and United States Senator Slade Gorton asked Nintendo of America to find a Japanese investor who would keep the club in Seattle

1981

Their Japanese hits such as Radar Scope, Space Fever and Sheriff did not achieve the same success in the United States, so Yamauchi turned to designer Shigeru Miyamoto's pet project, Donkey Kong in 1981, which became a smash hit

1960

These electric toys were quite a novelty in the 1960s when most other toys were simple in origin, such as toy blocks or dolls

1959

Yamauchi’s first "hit" came when he made a licensing agreement with Walt Disney in 1959 for his plastic playing cards

1957

In 1957, she gave birth to another daughter, Fujiko and, shortly after, a son named Katsuhito

1950

In 1950, Yamauchi's wife Michiko gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Yōko

1949

In 1949, Yamauchi's grandfather and the incumbent president of Nintendo, Sekiryo Yamauchi, suffered a stroke

1945

Once the war ended in 1945, Yamauchi went to Waseda University to study law

1927

Hiroshi Yamauchi (山内 溥, Yamauchi Hiroshi, November 7, 1927 – September 19, 2013) was a Japanese businessman

1921

Nintendo targeted its playing cards as a tool for party games that the whole family could enjoy, a foreshadowing of the company’s approach going into the 21st century

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