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article imageHiroshi Yamauchi, the man who transformed Nintendo, dies

By Andrew John     Sep 19, 2013 in Entertainment
The Japanese businessman who transformed the now gigantic video games company Nintendo into a world leader has died. He was 85.
Hiroshi Yamauchi ran Nintendo for 53 years and, according to the BBC, was the company’s second-largest shareholder at the time of his death.
“The company confirmed the news in an emailed statement,” says the BBC report, adding: “A spokesman said the firm was in mourning over the ‘loss of the former Nintendo president Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi, who sadly passed away this morning.’”
Yamauchi ran Nintendo from 1949 until 2002.
“In that time,” says the BBC, “he took what was a small-time collectable trading card company and built it into one of the most recognisable – and successful – video games brands today.”
Back in the day . . . this was the plate on a former headquarters of Nintendo from when it was just ...
Back in the day . . . this was the plate on a former headquarters of Nintendo from when it was just a playing-card company
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The report quotes Rob Crossley, associate editor of Computer and Video Games magazine, as saying: “You cannot underestimate the influence the man had on the games industry. He spearheaded Nintendo as they moved into the arcade business, with hits such as Donkey Kong.
“This man was the president of Nintendo during the NES, the SNES, the N64 and the Gamecube – the first two were transformative pieces of electronic entertainment.”
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Yamauchi was Nintendo’s third president, being succeeded in May 2002 by Satoru Iwata.
He was born in Kyoto in November 1927. According to Forbes, his net worth as of April this year was $2.1 billion. He was number 13 in Japan’s 50 richest people.
Yamauchi assumed the presidency of the company after his grandfather, then president, suffered a stroke in 1949 and had no other immediate successor. Yamauchi had to leave Waseda University in order to assume the role.
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