|September 29, 1972
|Taizo Son age
|51 YEARS OLD
|President & CEO of Mistletoe, Inc. Chairman of GungHo
Taizo Son, a prominent figure in the technology sector in Japan, is believed to have an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion by the year 2024. Recognized for his significant contributions to the Japanese tech industry, Son has played a crucial role in advancing technology and innovation in the country. As the founder of various successful technology startups and investment firms, he has amassed considerable wealth throughout his entrepreneurial career. With an unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of technology, Taizo Son continues to shape the landscape of the industry, solidifying his position as one of Japan's most influential tech entrepreneurs.
In 1998 he co-founded Onsale, a company which later became GungHo. He then managed the company as CEO and it went public on Nippon New Market Hercules (which later became JASDAQ) on March 9, 2005. The company’s market value in 2013 was $10.4 billion due to its Gaming mobile app Puzzle & Dragons which was the top revenue earning app globally for the year.
In 2009 he founded a seed stage accelerator MOVIDA JAPAN which supported 47 startups. Some of those startups are translimit, flier, trippiece, nana music, U-NOTE, and Shiroyagi Corporation. The company finished offering its seed acceleration program in June 2014. The investment function has been separated into a venture capital fund Genuine Startups.
In 2013 he founded Mistletoe, a hub for startups and the overall entrepreneurial ecosystem. With the company he and his members provide learning opportunities for entrepreneurs, facilitate startup communities, invest in and support startup companies and venture capitals.