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Hiroshi Yamauchi

President of Nintendo

Died when: 85 years 316 days (1030 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio


Hiroshi Yamauchi

Hiroshi Yamauchi (山内溥, Yamauchi Hiroshi, 7 November 1927 – 19 September 2013) was a Japanese businessman and the third president of Nintendo, joining the company in 1949 until stepping down on 24 May 2002, being subsequently succeeded by Satoru Iwata.

During his 53-year tenure, Yamauchi transformed Nintendo from a hanafuda card-making company that had been active solely in Japan into a multibillion-dollar video game publisher and global conglomerate.

He was the great-grandson of Fusajirō Yamauchi, Nintendo's first president and founder.In April 2013, Forbes estimated Yamauchi's net worth at $2.1 billion; he was the 13th richest person in Japan and the 491st richest in the world.

In 2008, Yamauchi was Japan's wealthiest person with a fortune at that time estimated at $7.8 billion.At the time of his death, Yamauchi was the largest shareholder at Nintendo.

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