Founder, CEO & Chairman
Mickey (Hiroshi) Mikitani is the founder, chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc. Founded in Japan in 1997 with the mission to contribute to society by creating value through innovation and entrepreneurship, Rakuten has grown to become one of the world’s leading internet services companies.
Rakuten has a dynamic ecosystem of more than 70 services, spanning e-commerce, fintech, digital content, and communications, bringing the joy of discovery to more than 1.2 billion members across the world.
In July 2017, Rakuten became the Main Global Partner and first-ever Official Innovation & Entertainment Partner of one of the world’s most admired soccer clubs, FC Barcelona, and, in September of the same year, became the first-ever jersey partner for NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors.
Rakuten shares were listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2013 and in 2016 it was selected for listing in the Nikkei 225 Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index.
Born in Kobe, Mikitani was educated at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, began his career in investment banking, and earned his MBA at Harvard Business School. In 2012, he was awarded the HBS Alumni Achievement Award, one of the school’s highest honors.
Mikitani is also a recipient of the Legion of Honour, awarded by the French government in recognition of contributions to the economy and culture of France. In 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which has the longest history and tradition of any orchestra in Japan, and serves as Representative Director of the Japan Association of New Economy (JANE). He was appointed as Board Director at Lyft, Inc. in 2015. He was appointed Chairman and Director of Aspyrian Therapeutics, Inc. in 2016 and also took up the role of CEO in 2018.
He lives in Tokyo with his wife and two children.