Celebrities not only act, but also invest in enterprises and participate in the entrepreneur lifestyle. Big and well-known Japanese celebrities have invested in businesses, either financially or as brand ambassadors. They bring a lot of cash as well as a lot of attention. They become role models, are passionate about what they do with their money, and have the appropriate attitude about it. They are also actively involved in social work and humanitarian activities.
1. Shigeru Miyamoto
Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong were all created by Shigeru Miyamoto, a Japanese game creator. He has worked at Nintendo as a representative director and creative fellow after previously serving as the company's general manager and senior MD. He avoids doing interviews and signing autographs on television.
2. Satoru Iwata
Satoru Iwata, the former president and CEO of Nintendo, began producing games while still in high school. He was the first Nintendo president who was not related to the Yamauchi family, and he changed the gaming business by focusing on a blue ocean approach and bringing non-gamers to goods like the DS dual-screen console.
3. Masayoshi Son
Masayoshi Son is a philanthropist, investor, and technology entrepreneur from Japan. He is recognised with co-founding SoftBank, a well-known Japanese holding firm for which he also serves as CEO. Son, one of Japan's wealthiest men, has committed to donate $120 million to help victims of the 2011 earthquake off Tohoku's Pacific coast.
4. Yusaku Maezawa
Yusaku Maezawa is a businessman and art collector from Japan. He is credited with establishing Zozotown, Japan's largest online fashion business. He is also credited for starting the Contemporary Art Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting emerging artists. Yusaku Maezawa is one of Japan's wealthiest men.
5. Nobu Matsuhisa
Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa is a celebrity chef & restaurateur from Japan who is recognised for fusing traditional Japanese meals with Peruvian ingredients. Black cod with miso sauce is his hallmark dish. In various nations, he has restaurants named after him. He's also appeared in three major films as a supporting character.
6. Soichiro Honda
Soichiro Honda was a Japanese manufacturer and engineer. He founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in 1948 and oversaw its growth from a small wooden shack making bicycle motors to a global vehicle and motorbike manufacturer.
7. Hiroyuki Nishimura
Hiroyuki Nishimura is a Japanese internet entrepreneur who is most recognized for founding 2channel, Japan's most popular comment board, and serving as the current operator of 4chan. He is also a Tv presenter and a self-help writer.
8. Momofuku Ando
Momofuku Ando was a businessman and entrepreneur of Taiwanese-Japanese ancestry. He is credited for starting Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd., a well-known Japanese food firm. Momofuku Ando is widely considered as the inventor of instant noodles, having created brands such as Cup Noodles and Top Ramen. Ando was awarded medals during his life, including the Order of the Rising Sun.
9. Tadashi Yanai
Tadashi Yanai is a Japanese businessman who is the founder and president of Fast Retailing, Uniqlo's parent company. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he was the wealthiest person in Japan as of October 2021, with a net worth of US$26.5 billion and the 40th wealthiest person in the world.
10. Rei Kawakubo
Rei Kawakubo is a Tokyo-based and Paris-based Japanese fashion designer. Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market were both founded by her.