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“They don’t change that much. And that means their growth or adaptation to the new generation is getting somewhat lagged behind the new trend”.
|Residence||Tosu, Saga, Japan|
|Spouse||A Japanese woman, name unknown|
|Education||Bachelor of Science / Arts, University of California Berkeley|
When Masayoshi Son reached the age of 16, he went on a study abroad program to the USA (short-term) and after completing high school, stayed back in the US for a longer period of time.
Even as a child, he knew that computers would change the entire world. So, he studied economics along with computer science at the University of California Berkeley.
He used to think up at least one entrepreneurial idea every day in the hope that he would start his own company someday and he did – his own company is called SoftBank Corporation.
SoftBank is now known as the world’s 62nd largest public company today and the company that he took over, which is Sprint, is now the 4th largest network operator (wireless) in the United States of America.
Masayoshi Son founded the SoftBank Group Corp. which is a Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet corporation having headquarters in Minato, Tokyo, Japan.
Masayoshi Son purchased the most expensive house of California, a palace in Woodside for $117.5 Million.
Masayoshi Son owns a mansion in Woodside, California, USA, which cost him about $117.5 Million in the year 2012.
He owns a $45 Million home in the city of Tokyo, Japan.
While still in college, Masayoshi Son had imported the special versions of the games Space Invaders and Pac-Man (that were early releases) and gave them on rent to certain restaurants and bars in Northern California.
He used to make pocket translators (translation devices) at a young age and sold them to Sharp Electronics.
The dotcom crash made Masayoshi Son lose a lot of money (about $70 Billion) but his net worth has not gone down even today.
Masayoshi Son is also the owner of a baseball team based in Japan named the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, a Japanese baseball team is owned by Masayoshi Son.