Making It onto the Front Page of Forbes Asia

I found out today, but to my own surprise, I am to be featured on the front cover of the February 13 edition of Forbes Asia magazine.

I haven't gotten hold of a copy yet, but I did confirm it on the Web site, so I thought I'd write a few words the way I see it. :-)

Along with Fortune magazine, Forbes magazine is one of the most authoritative magazines in the world, and you hardly see a Japanese person on the cover of a magazine like this.

So making the front cover of Forbes—even if it was the Asia edition—can only be an occasion of sheer joy as a Japanese person.

I had begun receiving greater overseas recognition than ever before for my efforts to establish a graduate program from scratch and manage venture capital funds that generate high returns.

On the other hand, in Japan, it's far easier to step into the limelight through things like owning a baseball team, buying a TV company or even running for political office.

I'd like to see this as a great opportunity for helping folks overseas realize there are people in Japan who are steadily, diligently, moving forward one step at a time.

February 5, 2006
At home
Yoshito Hori

Mr. Yoshito Hori established GLOBIS Management School in 1992 and GLOBIS Capital Partners in 1996. In 2003, GLOBIS started its original MBA program which, in 2006, received accreditation from the Japanese Ministry of Education and gained “university” status. GLOBIS started a part-time MBA program in English in 2009 and a full-time MBA program in English in 2012.

A Harvard MBA graduate and former Sumitomo Corporation employee, Mr. Hori founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Japan Chapter in 1995 and became the first board member from Asia in charge of Asia Pacific region in 1996. He also served on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s New Asian Leaders Executive Committee and Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, as well as the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Mr. Hori is a board member of the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), and serves as co-chair of WEF’s Global Growth Companies.

In 2008, he launched the G1 Summit – a Japanese version of the WEF’s annual Davos forum. This led to the foundation of G1 Summit Institute in 2013, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

Just days after a huge earthquake struck northeast Japan in March 2011, Mr. Hori launched Project KIBOW to support the rebuilding of the disaster-affected areas. The following year Project KIBOW was incorporated as the KIBOW Foundation, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

An avid enthusiast of the Japanese game Go since age 40, Mr. Hori has been Director of the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) since June 2013.

Since October 2013, Mr. Hori has hosted a weekly TV program in Japan called Nippon Mirai Kaigi (Japan Future Conference). He has authored several books including Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate Societies, Six Dimensions of Life, and My Personal Mission Statement.

Mr. Hori received his BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with his family, especially his five sons.

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