Yoshito Hori

Yoshito Hori

President, GLOBIS University
Chairman and CEO of GLOBIS Group
Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
Management Philosophy
MBA, Harvard Business School
BS in Engineering, Kyoto University


A Harvard MBA graduate and former Sumitomo Corporation employee, Yoshito Hori established GLOBIS Management School in 1992. GLOBIS gained university status from the Government of Japan in 2006, started a part-time MBA program in English in 2009, and expanded to a full-time MBA program in English in 2012. GLOBIS University is now the No.1 business school in Japan.

He also founded GLOBIS Capital Partners in 1996, a venture capital firm, which has since managed over 1 billion US dollars with six funds. He founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Japan Chapter in 1995 and became the first EO board member from Asia in 1996. He has also served on the World Economic Forum’s New Asian Leaders Executive Committee, the Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, and the Harvard Business School Alumni Board. Currently, he serves on the Global Advisory Council of the Wilson Center. He has been featured on the cover of Forbes Japan and Forbes Asia as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Japan.

In 2008, he launched the G1 Summit, which led to the foundation of the G1 Institute in 2013, for which he serves as President. To outline his vision for a better Japan, the G1 Institute published 100 Actions.

Just three days after the Great Tohoku Earthquake in March 2011, he launched Project KIBOW to support the rebuilding of disaster-affected areas. This led to the formation of the KIBOW Foundation and KIBOW Impact Investment, which he leads as President.

He serves as an ambassador for his hometown of Mito City and Ibaraki Prefecture. In April 2016, he acquired a majority stake in the Ibaraki Robots professional basketball team. In November 2019, he purchased Ibaraki Broadcast System, Ibaraki’s only prefecture-wide media company.

He is an author of several books including "Dear Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate the Society," "Six Dimensions of Life," "My Personal Mission Statement," "The Case-Method Approach to Strategic Entrepreneurship," and "Venture Management Revolution."

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