At 23, Horie launches Livin' on the Edge, a Web consultancy. He soon drops out of college, later remarking: "Didn't Bill Gates drop out of Harvard?"
His firm is listed on Mothers, Tokyo's stock market for start-ups. He later uses funds from the listing to buy Livedoor, an Internet services provider. Livedoor goes on to make dozens of acquisitions of other firms.
Horie grabs the spotlight with an offer to bail out a debt-ridden baseball team, the Kintetsu Buffaloes....
To continue reading:
Want the full story?
Get TIME the way you want it
Week Digital Pass — $4.99
Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS — $2.99
Year ALL ACCESS — Just $30! Best Deal!
Print Magazine + Digital Edition +
Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com
Learn more about the benefits of being
a TIME subscriber
If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!