Masayoshi Son, Asian leading Entrepreneur

Masayoshi Son (孫 正義 born August 11, 1957), Asian leading Entrepreneur and the chairman of SoftBank Japan founded ‘Masayoshi Son foundation’ and had a conversation event to state mission of the foundation themed ‘for young leaders who create our futures’, Feb 10th in Tokyo.’ 1500 people attended the conference in free admission at the Royal park hotel in Nihonbashi. And three special guests were invited for conversation about the future of human including Shinya Yamanaka, winner of the Nobel Prize, physics 2017, Matoko Gonokami, president Tokyo University, Yoshiharu Habu, professional shogi player.

Masayoshi Son is a Korean-descendant Japanese businessman and the founder and current chief executive officer of SoftBank, the chief executive officer of SoftBank Mobile, and current chairman of Sprint Corporation. His ancestors are from the province of Fujian (China) but then, they moved from China to Korea. He explained in an interview that his family name “Son” is different from the korean one from the korean ethnic group, he clarified he is a descendant of Sun Wu, a famous chinese strategist during the period of Spring and Autumn and Warring state periodHis ancestors then moved from Korea to Japan.

Son’s family adopted the Japanese surname Yasumoto (安本) in daily life and Son used this surname as a child. Son pursued his interests in business by securing a meeting with Japan McDonald’s president Den Fujita. Taking his advice, Son began studying English and computer science.

At age 16, Son moved to California and finished high school while staying with friends and family in South San Francisco. He graduaged the University of California, Berkeley, at which he majored in economics and studied computer science. Son at age 19 became confident that computer technology would ignite the next commercial revolution. Son graduated from Berkeley with a BA in economics in 1980, and started Unison in Oakland, California, which has since been bought by Kyocera. Son decided to use his Korean-style surname when he came back to Japan to become a role model for ethnic Korean children there. In 1990, Son adopted Japanese citizenship.

According to Forbes magazine, Son’s estimated net worth is US $17 billion and he is the second-richest man in Japan, despite having the distinction of losing the most money in history (approximately $70bn during the dot com crash of 2000). Forbes also describes him as a philanthropist, in 2011 Masayoshi Son pledged to donate 10 billion yen ($120 million) and his remaining salary until retirement to help support victims of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Son was named the world’s 45th most powerful person by Forbes Magazine’s List of The World’s Most Powerful People in 2013.

Interview for press after conference, Masayoshi Son and Shinya Yamanaka, photo by TeRra

 

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