Net Worth: $1.7 Billion
- Source of Wealth Social Networking, Gree
- Marital Status Single
- Full Name Yoshikazu Tanaka
- Nationality Japanese
- Ethnicity Japanese
- Occupation Businessman, CEO
- Education Nihon University
About Yoshikazu Tanaka
Net Worth Last Calculated: April 2014
Marital Status: Single , Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Founder of Gree, Japan’s largest social networking Web site (overtaking rival billionaire Kenji Kasahara’s Mixi), may be facing off with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg soon; setting up shop in California. Yoshikazu Tanaka has an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion as of April 2014 according to Forbes.
On global expansion kick – working with Tencent, the largest Internet service portal in China. Stock is up 35% over the past year; 5 for 1 stock split last fall. Started out at Sony, then worked for fellow billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani at online shopping site Rakuten. Left in 2004 to set up Gree at a tech incubator; company name inspired by American social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s concept of “six degrees of separation.” Eventually transitioned the site into mobile gaming to better compete with rivals.