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Kazuo Hirai was born on the 2nd December 1960, in Tokyo, Japan, and is an entrepreneur best known to the world as the President and CEO of the Sony Corporation, a position he has held since 1st April 2012. Also, Kazuo is a board member of the Sony subsidiary Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. His career started in 1984.

Have you ever wondered how rich Kazuo Hirai is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Hirai`s net worth is as high as $20 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the business industry; his current salary is reputed to be $2 million.

Kazuo Hirai Net Worth $20 Million

Kazuo comes from a wealthy family; his father was a banker, and often brought Kazuo on his travels across the globe, including to the USA, Canada and various cities in his home country. Kazuo went to the American School located in Japan, after which he was a part of the Valley Park Middle School from 1973 until 1976. He then enrolled at the International Christian University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in 1984, after which he was immediately hired by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. as the general manager of international music for Japan. However, little by little he progressed and was appointed as head of the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan international business office in New York.

In the mid-1990s, Kazuo became a part of the computer and video game division of Sony, called Sony Computer Entertainment America; Kazuo needed only two years to finish his first video game. Since the 2000s, and a rapid development of the video game industry, both Kazuo`s career and net worth have only gone upward. With the release of games Sony PlayStation 2, such as “Ratchet & Clank”, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs and Sly Cooper, among others, Kazuo has managed to retain and even increase profits of the company.

Thanks to his successful operations, Kazuo was further promoted to the position of vice- president of its corporate executive group in July 2006, and in October the same year, he was appointed President of Sony Computer Entertainment, which only increased his net worth. The following year his net worth increased further, when he assumed the position of President and Group CEO of SCEI, when Ken Kutaragi decided to retire.

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His progression didn`t stop there, as in 2009 he became the Corporate Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of Sony Corporation, in which positions Kazuo was responsible for the development and eventual success of several Sony products, including VAIO personal computers, Xperia and Walkman mobile phones among others. He also became the Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment in 2011, but in 2012 stepped down; he still remains a member of the board of directors.

On the higher level in Sony, he became Representative Corporate Executive Officer and Executive Deputy President of Sony Corporation on the 1st April 2011, and a year later he became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sony Corporation, which only added a substantial amount to his net worth.

Regarding his personal life, Kazuo isn married to Riko Hirai, but keeps other details about their marriage strictly private.

Full Name Kazuo Hirai
Net Worth $20 Million
Date Of Birth December 22, 1960
Place Of Birth Tokyo, Japan
Profession CEO of Sony
Education International Christian University
Nationality Japanese
1 President and CEO of Sony Corporation since April 1, 2012.
2 His vanity license plate is FLATWEL, after the translation of his last name “Hirai”, which means “flat well”.
3 He hasn’t grown out of blue jeans and sneakers. Anything more dressy and he starts to feel uncomfortable.
4 In elementary school in New York, he delivered papers, soft drinks and snacks to women getting their hair done for a 25-cent tip.
5 He lost more than 30 pounds on the Atkins diet in 2003 and has kept it off since.
6 While growing up, he could identify the make and model of a car just by looking at its bumper or fender.
7 The former President of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA).


Title Year Status Character
Numblast 2009 Video Game special thanks
White Knight Chronicles: International Edition 2008 Video Game special thanks: Sony Computer Entertainment America
SingStar Amped 2007 Video Game thanks: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Super Stardust HD 2007 Video Game thanks: executive management team
Piyotama 2007 Video Game special thanks
SingStar Pop 2007 Video Game thanks: Sony Computer Entertainment America
God of War II 2007 Video Game extra special thanks
Jeanne d’Arc 2006 Video Game special thanks
Shadow of the Colossus 2005 Video Game special thanks
EyeToy: Kinetic 2005 Video Game special recognition
Ape Escape 3 2005 Video Game thanks
Genji: Dawn of the Samurai 2005 Video Game special thanks
God of War 2005 Video Game special thanks
WipEout Pure 2005 Video Game special thanks
EyeToy: AntiGrav 2004 Video Game special thanks
EyeToy: Play 2 2004 Video Game thanks
Dark Cloud 2 2002 Video Game special thanks
Ratchet & Clank 2002 Video Game special recognition: executive management team, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Ico 2001 Video Game special thanks
Okage: Shadow King 2001 Video Game special thanks
Dark Cloud 2000 Video Game special thanks
Spyro: Year of the Dragon 2000 Video Game special thanks
Tiny Tank 1999 Video Game special thanks: SCEA
Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Returns 1999 Video Game special thanks: SCEA
The Legend of Dragoon 1999 Video Game special thanks
Twisted Metal 4 1999 Video Game special thanks
Wild Arms 2 1999 Video Game special thanks
Omega bûsuto 1999 Video Game special thanks
Crash Bandicoot: Warped 1998 Video Game special thanks: SCEA
Twisted Metal III 1998 Video Game special thanks
Bust a Move 1998 Video Game special thanks: 989 Studios


Title Year Status Character
Click Online 2011-2014 TV Series documentary Himself – President & CEO, Sony Corporation / Himself – President & CEO, Sony / Himself – CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment
SGNL by Sony 2013 TV Series Himself – President and CEO of Sony Corporation
Closing Bell 2013 TV Series Himself – Sony CEO & President
Worldwide Exchange 2012 TV Series Himself – Incoming CEO, Sony
Game On! The Unauthorized History of Video Games 2006 TV Movie Himself – President, Sony Computer Entertainment of America