Net Worth: $750 Million
- Source of Wealth Gaming
- Birth Place Tokyo, Japan
- Marital Status Married
- Full Name Hajime Satomi
- Nationality Japanese
- Date of Birth January 16, 1942
- Ethnicity Japanese
- Occupation Founder of Sammy Corporation
- Education Aoyama Gakuin Univesity
- Children three children
About Hajime Satomi
Hajime Satomi is the founder of Sammy Corporation and he has an estimated net worth of $750 mllion in May 2016. According to Forbes, he is the 27th richest person in Japan. Born on January 16, 1942 in Tokyo, Japan, he attended Aoyama Gakuin Univesity but withdrew in November 1975.
Satomi earned his estimated net worth of $1.17 billion when he founded Sammy Corporation, an entertainment equipment manufacturer. His earnings have grown with the production of machines for pachislot and pachinko industry, one of Japan’s most popular forms of gambling. Also, he was successfully listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in March 2001. Today, the company is the leading manufacturer of pachislot and pachinko machines.
In 2004, Sammy Corporation bought out the ailing videogame maker Sega Corporation for $394 million. The newly combined $4.5 group with $4.5 billion in sales is now called Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. with main businesses of Sammy Corporation and Sega Corporation. In 2005, the group has grown and become one of the top 60 enterprises in Japan based on recurring income.
During the 2005 Asia Business Leaders Award, he was named the new chairman in a realignment of management by The Sega Corporation after Sammy Corporation became its biggest shareholder. It has bought 22.4% of Sega for $427 million. He succeeded Hideki Sato who has now become vice chairman of the new board.