Hiroshi Yamauchi

Hiroshi Yamauchi (山内 溥, Yamauchi Hiroshi?, real name: 山内 博, born November 7, 1927 in Kyoto, Japan) is a Japanese businessman. He was the third president of Nintendo, joining the company in 1949 until stepping down on May 31, 2002, to be succeeded by Satoru Iwata. Yamauchi is credited with transforming Nintendo from a small hanafuda card-making company in Japan to a multi-billion dollar video game company. He also became the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners baseball team in 1992, which is now managed by former Nintendo of America chairman Howard Lincoln.

As of March 2012, Yamauchi is the 12th richest person in Japan and 491st richest in the world, having a net worth of approximately $2.5 billion.

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