Gen Fukunaga

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Gen Fukunaga
Born (1962-03-21) March 21, 1962 (age 53)[1][2]
Itami, Hyōgo, Japan
Residence Roanoke, Texas
Education Purdue University
Columbia Business School
Occupation Founder and President of FUNimation
Years active 1989-present
Spouse(s) Cindy Brennan

Gen Fukunaga (ゲン・フクナガ Fukunaga Gen?, born March 21, 1962) is a Japanese-born American entrepreneur who is the founder and president of Funimation, a company that distributes anime in the United States and Canada. As of October 2011, Fukunaga was named chairman of online video game publisher GameSamba.[3]


Fukunaga was born in Japan, and grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana in the United States. He graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1979.

Fukunaga attended Purdue University where he got his BSEE in 1982 and his MSEE in 1984. He later moved to Boca Raton, Florida to work as an engineer for IBM. He then attended Columbia Business School, obtaining an MBA in 1989. He held a position with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) before getting a job with Tandem Computers in Sunnyvale, California.

Fukunaga is also the co-founder and manager of EchoLight Studios, a Texas-based Christian production company run by Rick Santorum. EchoLight initially shared office space with Fukunaga's Funimation.[4]

Fukunaga's uncle, Nagafumi Hori, was one of the producers for Dragon Ball, he approached Gen about bringing the series over to America. If Fukunaga could start a company and raise enough money, Toei Animation would license the rights to the show. So Gen went to a coworker named Daniel Cocanougher whose family owned a feed mill in Decatur, Texas and convinced the Cocanougher family to sell their business and invest in creating a production company. With that, FUNimation Productions was established in 1994.[citation needed]

In 2005 Funimation was acquired by the Navarre Corporation for US$100.4 million, Fukunaga still remained the company's CEO. In 2011 the company was sold to a group of investors which included Fukunaga himself.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Fukunaga married Cindy Brennan, who also serves as a co-founder and producer at Funimation. They have three children.


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