Minoru Mori was bornon 24 August 1934 in Japan. Longtime Japanese billionaire Minoru Mori died on March 8th 2012 of heart failure at the age of 77. Mori inherited his initial fortune from his late father, Taikichiro Mori, the world's wealthiest person in 1991 (net worth: $15 billion) and 1992 (net worth: $13 billion). Minoru went on to build some of Tokyo's best known buildings including swank Roppongi Hills complex that opened in 2003. He later built the 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center, now China's tallest building. His book, "The Making of Vertical Garden Cities", will be published in late March by Penguin. His brother Akira Mori, with whom he split in 1999, is also a billionaire.
In 2009, he was honored as an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II
In 2008, he was named Asia Businessman of the Year 2007 by Fortune magazine
In 2006, Mori's last development, Omotesando Hills, opened near Harajuku station consisting of a set of ramped shopping floors
His largest project was the Roppongi Hills development in Tokyo which opened in 2003
Minoru Mori (森 稔, Mori Minoru, August 24, 1934 – March 8, 2012) was considered to be one of Japan's most powerful and influential building tycoons