Masayoshi Son Biography
(Founder and CEO of SoftBank)
Birthday: August 11, 1957 (Leo)
Born In: Tosu, Saga, Japan
Masayoshi Son is a Japanese entrepreneur who founded SoftBank, a multinational telecommunications and internet corporation, and is also the current chairman of Sprint Corporation. One of the richest men in Japan, he enjoys a celebrity status in the country and boasts of a massive Twitter following. Born into a second-generation Zainichi Korean family in Japan, Son was hard working and ambitious from a young age. His enterprising spirit received a boost when he moved to the United States for his higher studies. He studied economics and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. It was during this time that the young man became interested in entrepreneurship and upon his return to Japan founded a software distribution company called Nihon SoftBank. Within years the company rose to the top of the Japan’s nascent computer industry prompting him to expand his business. In 2000, he received a major bolt when he lost approximately $70 billion during the dot com crash. Ever determined and resilient, he bounced back within a few years to re-establish his business by making some strategic acquisitions. Much respected for his uncanny business sense and resilience, Masayoshi Son also has the reputation of being a generous philanthropist.