Hiroshi Yamauchi

Developer Biography

Hiroshi Yamauchi (山内 溥) was born on November 7, 1927 in Kyoto, Japan. He was a part of Nintendo long before video games even existed. In 1950, Yamauchi (the grandson to the establishing President of the company, Fusajiro Yamauchi) took the reigns of Yamauchi Nintendo & Co, whose main purpose at the time was the creation and distribution of playing cards throughout Japan. Years later, Yamauchi had a major hand in guiding Nintendo into the video gaming business and watched the small company go global with its Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom. Hiroshi Yamauchi held his position at the company for 52 years, stepping down in 2002 to be replaced by the head of his Corporate Planning Division, ex-HAL programmer Satoru Iwata, and finally retired from Nintendo in 2005 as the chairman of the board of directors.

Yamauchi retained a 10% share of the company for the remainder of his life. He passed away on September 19, 2013 at the age of 85 from complications of pneumonia.

Contributed by Kartanym (12782) on Feb 22, 2006. [revised by : Oleg Roschin (181570) and ryanbus84 (19546)].