Hiroshi Mikitani is the Co-Founder and CEO of Rakuten. He was born in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan on March 1,965. Mikitani received his MBA from Harvard Business School in May 1993 and graduated in Bachelor of Commerce from Hitotsubashi University. Hiroshi worked at the Industrial Bank of Japan (now part of Mizuho Corporate Bank) from 1988 to 1996. In 1997, he left his job to start his own consulting group called Crimson Group. He founded Rakuten in February 1997 and has been the company’s president since then.