|Occupation||President & CEO of Mistletoe, Inc.|
Chairman of GungHo
|Net worth||$1.2 billion (2014)|
Taizo Son (孫泰蔵 손태장, born September 29, 1972) is a Korean-Japanese businessman. He is CEO of Mistletoe, a company that he founded in 2013, and chairman of mobile gaming company GungHo, which he founded in 2002. GungHo's market value in 2013 was $10.4 billion, making Son a billionaire. He is the youngest brother of SoftBank magnate Masayoshi Son.
After he graduated from a secondary school connected to Kurume University, he enrolled into the University of Tokyo and studied business administration. While he was still considering his career after graduation, his older brother Masayoshi asked him to join the Yahoo Japan project, where he met Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo. Taizo pitched Yang his idea of how to efficiently launch Yahoo Japan. Eventually the position of content development leader was given to Taizo although he was still a student. During the project Taizo successfully managed 100 staff and launched Yahoo Japan within 3 months.
In 1998 he co-founded Onsale, a company which later became GungHo. He then managed the company as CEO and it went public on Nippon New Market Hercules (which later became JASDAQ) on March 9, 2005. The company’s market value in 2013 was $10.4 billion due to its gaming mobile app Puzzle & Dragons which was the top revenue earning app globally for the year.
In 2009 he founded a seed stage accelerator MOVIDA JAPAN which supported 47 startups. Some of those startups are translimit, flier, trippiece, nana music, U-NOTE, and Shiroyagi Corporation. The company finished offering its seed acceleration program in June 2014. The investment function has been separated into a venture capital fund Genuine Startups.
In 2013 he founded Mistletoe, a hub for startups and the overall entrepreneurial ecosystem. With the company he and his members provide learning opportunities for entrepreneurs, facilitate startup communities, invest in and support startup companies and venture capitals.
Son relocated to Singapore in 2018 and was one of the co-founders of the business and innovation hub, SPECTRUM.
Boards and honors
- "Taizo Son". Forbes. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
- "Billionaire Taizo Son Emerges With 'Puzzle & Dragons' App". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
- "【ベンチャー三国志】vol.8 孫泰蔵、死に物狂いでヤフー立ち上げ／モビーダジャパンＣＥＯ 孫泰蔵". Kigyoka Club. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
- "ガンホーの歴史". GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
- "STARTUPS". MOVIDA JAPAN Inc. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
- "Billionaire Taizo Son among key members of Spectrum, a super high-powered business club, in Singapore". The Peak Magazine. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
- "ETIC". Retrieved 2015-04-21.