(November 7, 1927-September 19, 2013)
Born in Kyoto, Japan
President of Nintendo (1949-2002)
Bought a majority share of the Seattle Mariners (1992)
Worth $2.5 billion
Why he might be annoying
He ran the company autocratically.
After becoming president, he forced all other relatives out of the company.
His early attempts to diversify Nintendo -- including a taxi company, marketing individual portions of instant rice, and opening a 'love hotel' that rented rooms by the hour -- almost drove the company into bankruptcy.
He said about playing video games, 'I have better things to do.'
He never attended a single Mariners game.
He rarely got involved with charities, saying, 'I think I'm involved in community service sufficiently. I'm the biggest individual taxpayer in Kyoto.'
Why he might not be annoying
His father abandoned the family when he was four.
He guided Nintendo's transformation from a small playing card company to a multi-billion dollar video game company.
To spur creativity, he divided the research and development department into three groups that competed with each other.
Despite not playing video games, he had a knack for identifying which games would be popular.
His purchase of the Mariners kept the team from moving to Florida.
When he retired, he refused to accept his pension (estimated at $9-14 million), saying Nintendo could put the money to better use.
Credit: C. Fishel
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