People to Watch in International Business

People to Watch in International Business

Hiroshi Mikitani JAPAN'S HEAVY HITTER

Mikitani, 39, head of Rakuten, Japan's largest online retail and services operation, is moving into a new arena: sports. The ex-banker, whose company's revenues hit $360 million in the past four reported quarters, bought a professional soccer team last January. In November, Rakuten won the right to create the first team added to Japan's professional baseball league in 50 years. "At first I didn't really understand the obsession that people like Rupert Murdoch seemed to have merging media with sports," he says. "But now I do." --By Jim Frederick/Tokyo

Marco Testa MILAN'S PITCHMAN

Testa, 52, is...