Soichiro Fukutake

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Soichiro Fukutake
Born 1945/1946 (age 71–72)[1]
Residence Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality Japanese
Education Waseda University
Occupation former chairman of Benesse Corporation
Net worth US $ 1.2 billion (October 2017)[1]
Spouse(s) Married
Children 1 son

Soichiro Fukutake (福武 總一郎, Fukutake Sōichirō, born 1945) is a Japanese billionaire, and the former chairman of the Benesse Corporation, a publishing firm and juku company known for its patronage of the arts.


Fukutake inherited Benesse, which his father founded in 1955 as Fukutake Publishing.[2] After his father's death in 1986, he renamed it Benesse (Latin for well-being), and expanded the company, and his family owns 15% of the company.[1][2] Benesse owns 275 nursing homes in Japan and the Berlitz language schools.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Fukutake is married, with one son, and lives in Auckland, New Zealand.[1]

Art "shrines"[edit]

He has created four museums or "art shrines" on the islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima in an archipelago in Japan's southern Seto Inland Sea, including the Chichu Art Museum.[2][3] They have been built in collaboration with the architect Tadao Ando.[2]