The brother of SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son is heading to Singapore, following Eduardo Saverin’s footprints

Yon Heong Tung
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Taizo Son is the founder of GungHo, the mobile gaming studio that created the billion-dollar-revenue-generating Puzzle & Dragons

Taizo Son, founder of GungHo Online Entertainment

Taizo Son, the billionaire founder of JASDAQ-listed mobile gaming studio GungHo, is relocating to Singapore, according to a report by Bloomberg.

He told Bloomberg that he intends to invest US$100 million in Southeast Asia in the next five years. Son got his big break when GungHo released Puzzle & Dragons, the first mobile game to cross US$1 billion in revenue.

The younger brother of Japanese telecom giant SoftBank‘s founder Masayoshi Son (who has a net worth of over US$12.9 billion) cited frustrations with Japan’s regulatory hurdles and education system, which contrasted with Singapore’s innovation-friendly environment, as reasons for the move.

Masayoshi Son is not the only tech billionaire to have migrated to Singapore. Co-founder of Facebook Eduardo Saverin gave up his US passport and settled permanently in Singapore in 2012, owing in part to the city state’s low tax rate.

Taizo Son will be staying at Sentosa, an offshore island known for its opulent condominiums and houses. He said he expects his PR application to be approved within three months.

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In Japan, Son has been active in nurturing entrepreneurs. In 2009, he set up startup accelerator Movida Japan.  Four years later, he set up ecosystem builder Mistletoe, making several investments in Asia including Singapore’s Garena. Son is also a director at the Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities (ETIC).

But for now, Son seems to haven given up hope on Japanese’s entrepreneurial ambitions (or lack thereof). He told Bloomberg that Japanese education system was “extremely terrible” at creating entrepreneurs.

Son said he will look into opening a school in Singapore to help children pick up entrepreneurial skills.

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