Name:

Masayoshi Son

Date of Birth:

11th August 1957

Country of Birth:

Japan

Country of Residence:

Japan

Source of Wealth:

Telecommunications and Internet

Marital Status:

Married to Masami Ohno

Children:

2

Masayoshi Son Net Worth USD: $17,765,000,000 - $19,635,000,000

2020 Estimate:

$18,700,000,000

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Masayoshi Son Biography

Son is a second generation Zainichi Korean, born in Tosu, Kyushu. When he was 16, he went to California, eventually graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in economics and computer science. He became very excited about the impact computer technology would have, and invented an electronic translator which Sharp Corporation bought for $1.7 million. He then made nearly as much by installing video consoles he imported from Japan, and installing them in restaurants and dorms.

Son also invested in the early days of both Yahoo! and Alibaba, and founded SoftBank, the mobile telecom and investment company, which in 2013 bought Sprint Nextel for $22 billion, but suffered a reported $6.45 billion loss in 22019 as a result of the WeWork IPO collapse.

Recently, Son has become very much involved at the forefront of Solar energy in both japan and Saudi Arabia.