Source of Wealth:Social Networking, Gree
Full Name:Yoshikazu Tanaka
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.
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