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Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi Dies at 85

Nintendo's second-largest shareholder and ex-president Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi has died of pneumonia today in central Japan. His funeral will take place on Sunday.

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Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi Dies at 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi is a big name in Japanese business industry. In fact, he was the man behind Nintendo's success. He served the firm for 53 years as its President.

He is also the second-largest shareholder in the video game empire. He has died of pneumonia today at the age of 85. Hiroshi Yamauchi is that one man who turns Nintendo into an entertainment empire.

Nintendo has become the "world-leading video games company" under his leadership. He starts his Nintendo carrier in 1949 that ends up in 2002.

Nintendo has confirmed his death in an emailed statement. A spokesman told BBC that the firm is in deep grief over big "loss of the former Nintendo president Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi, who sadly passed away this morning."

 

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