Masayoshi Son was born in JAPAN on 11th August 1957, Son’s grand parents immigrated from Korea to Japan, he was born in Southern island in a place called Kyushu, Son was his nickname from Korea. At his early age, Son begun getting interested in Business which later helped him to meet Mr Den Fujita, McDonald’s president in Japan, when they met, he got some awesome advise.
While in Japan, Son begun studing English and computer science. At 16, the young man decided to move to California ( South San Francisco ) in the US where he connected with his family and friends, he joined Serramonte High School where he finished his high school in three weeks.
He later joined Holy Names University and studied for two years, then he joined University of California Berkeley where he majored in computer science and economics, at the age of 19, Son confidently realised that technology was the next commercial revolution.
How Son became interested in technology
While he was still a student, he was helped by some professors at the university and he managed to invent an electronic translator which he later sold to Sharp Corporation for $1.7 million. Furthermore, son begun importing used video game machines right from Japan and he started installing them in restaurants and in dormitories, he used to import them on credit, i think this was a good beginning for the young entrepreneur by then.
Son became an internet entrepreneur and a Japanese investor and in 1995, he bought shares in Yahoo and in 1999, he also bought stake in Alibaba for $20 million.
Son is now the founder and CEO of SoftBank, CEO of SoftBank Mobile, he’s also the chairman of Arm Holdings and Sprint Corporation, according to Forbes Magazine. Son is now the richest man in Japan with worth US $23 billion, though reports say, he once lost approximately $70 billion in the year 2000 during Dot.com crash.
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