Japan is one of the most prosperous countries in the world, thanks to its industrious workforce, its high quality of living, and the wide range of job opportunities. But there are a few people who have earned well above the average, and they stand out as the richest people in a very wealthy nation!
Here are the richest people in Japan:
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1. Masayoshi Son
Masayoshi Son is the founder and CEO of SoftBank, the chairman of Sprint Corporation, and the CEO of SoftBank Mobile. He lost over $70 billion in the dot com crash in 2000, but has since recovered from the loss. He is ranked as the richest man in Japan with a fortune worth $22.3 billion, and is ranked 45th on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful people.
2. Tadashi Yanai
Tadashi Yanai is the president and founder of Fast Retailing, one of the largest public retailing companies in Japan. Its primary subsidiary is Uniqlo,but it owns many other large names including Princess Tam-Tam, J Brand, and Foot Park. Yanai’s fortune is estimated at around $18.3 billion, and he was ranked by Bloomberg the 35th richest person in the world in 2014.
3. Nobutada Saji
Nobutada Saji is the CEO of Suntory Ltd., the fourth largest brewer and food manufacturer in Japan. Suntory beer is one of the most popular in the country, so it should come as no surprise that the CEO is the third-richest man in the country – with a fortune hovering around the $8 billion mark.
4. Hiroshi Mikitani
As CEO and co-founder of Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani is one of Japan’s wealthiest men. Rakuten is one of the largest electronic commerce companies in the world in terms of sales, so it’s no surprise that his fortune is worth roughly $8.2 billion.
5. Takemitsu Takizaki
As the chairman of Keyenece, Takemitsu Takizaki is one of Japan’s richest men with a net worth of roughly $7 billion. Keyence is a manufacturer of high-tech electronics, such as digital microscopes, laser readers, barcode readers, measuring instruments, automation sensors, and vision systems.
6. Akira Mori
Akira Mori is the CEO and president of Mori Trust, one of the largest real estate developers in Japan. He created the company as an offshoot of Mori Building, a company founded by his father. He is estimated to be worth roughly $5 billion, and is ranked as the sixth wealthiest person in Japan.
7. Kunio Busujima
Pachinko is one of Japan’s most popular games (on par with the gambling in Las Vegas and Atlantic City), as well as one of the most lucrative sources of income. Kunio Busujima is the chairman and founder of Sankyo, one of the only three companies in Japan that manufactures the pachinko machines. He is worth roughly $4.2 billion.
8. Han Chang-u
Though not Japanese by birth, Han Chang-u obtained permanent resident status after fleeing Korea in 1945. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of the Maruhan Corporation, one of the largest pachinko management companies in Japan. His net worth hovers around the $4.1 billion mark.
9. Masatoshi Ito
Retail mogul Masatoshi Ito is estimated to be worth about $3.4 billion. His fortune is entirely self-made, thanks to the success of the 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores not just in Japan, but around the world!
10. Keiichiro Takahara
At 83, Keiichiro Takahara is one of the wealthiest men in Japan, but the source of his wealth may surprise you: diapers. He is the founder and CEO of Unicharm, manufacturer of sanitary napkins, personal hygiene items, and diapers.
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Pretty impressive what these men have managed to do with themselves, isn’t it?