Hiroshi Yamauchi

1927 - 2013

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Hiroshi Yamauchi (山内溥, Yamauchi Hiroshi, 7 November 1927 – 19 September 2013) was a Japanese businessman and the third president of Nintendo, joining the company on 25 April 1949 until stepping down on 24 May 2002, being subsequently succeeded by Satoru Iwata. During his 53-year tenure, Yamauchi transformed Nintendo from a hanafuda card-making company that had been active solely in Japan into a multibillion-dollar video game publisher and global conglomerate. He was the great-grandson of Fusajiro Yamauchi, Nintendo's first president and founder. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hiroshi Yamauchi has received more than 1,172,376 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Hiroshi Yamauchi is the 125th most popular businessperson (up from 126th in 2019), the 265th most popular biography from Japan (down from 231st in 2019) and the 6th most popular Japanese Businessperson.

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Among businesspeople, Hiroshi Yamauchi ranks 125 out of 847Before him are William Boeing, Madam C. J. Walker, Ivana Trump, Uli Hoeneß, François Pinault, and James Mayer de Rothschild. After him are Colonel Tom Parker, Ren Zhengfei, Sam Walton, John McAfee, Piero Ferrari, and Thomas Lipton.

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Among people born in 1927, Hiroshi Yamauchi ranks 65Before him are Marvin Minsky, Phil Hill, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Lois Maxwell, Romano Mussolini, and Thomas Luckmann. After him are Margot Honecker, Ibrahim Ferrer, Abdul Halim of Kedah, Hélène Langevin-Joliot, Jacques Mayol, and Jean-Claude Pascal. Among people deceased in 2013, Hiroshi Yamauchi ranks 59Before him are Manfred Rommel, Ovadia Yosef, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Gyula Horn, Ronald Dworkin, and Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland. After him are Pierre Mauroy, Henri Dutilleux, Antoni Ramallets, J. J. Cale, Sara Montiel, and Pedro Rocha.

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Among people born in Japan, Hiroshi Yamauchi ranks 265 out of 6,245Before him are Kenji Miyazawa (1896), Emperor Tsuchimikado (1196), Eiichiro Oda (1975), Kōki Hirota (1878), Emperor Ingyō (376), and Suzuki Harunobu (1725). After him are Dom Justo Takayama (1552), Emperor Toba (1103), Emperor Monmu (683), Mōri Motonari (1497), Emperor Go-Fushimi (1288), and Hideki Shirakawa (1936).


Among businesspeople born in Japan, Hiroshi Yamauchi ranks 6Before him are Soichiro Honda (1906), Kiichiro Toyoda (1894), Akio Morita (1921), Torakusu Yamaha (1851), and Iwasaki Yatarō (1835). After him are Masayoshi Son (1957), Fusajiro Yamauchi (1859), Mineko Iwasaki (1949), Shibusawa Eiichi (1840), Eiji Toyoda (1913), and Mikimoto Kōkichi (1858).