Mickey Mikitani is the founder, chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc. Founded in Japan in 1997, Rakuten has grown to become one of the world's leading internet services companies with a dynamic ecosystem of more than 70 services, spanning e-commerce, fintech, digital content, and communications. Born in Kobe, Mikitani was educated at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, began his career in investment banking, and earned his MBA at Harvard Business School. In 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which has the longest history and tradition of any orchestra in Japan, and serves as Representative Director of the Japan Association of New Economy (JANE). In 2015, Mikitani was appointed as Board Director at Lyft, Inc. In 2016, Mikitani was appointed Chairman and Director of Rakuten Medical, a privately funded global pharmaceutical company developing precision-targeted cancer therapies based on its proprietary photoimmunotherapy platform. He took up the role of CEO of Rakuten Medical in 2018.