Portrait of Viscount Shibusawa

Viscount Shibusawa was born in Japan in 1840. He studied history and Confucian philosophy. Early in his life, he developed an eye for business and he would later become a pioneering figure in Japanese history. He founded fisheries, railways, printing companies, steamship companies steel plants, gas and electric industries, oil mines and many more. He believed that capitalists should place a strong emphasis on benevolence and placed public interest most and foremost.