It Changed My Life: Top business school founder Yoshito Hori started small in a rented room

Mr Yoshito Hori, 56, quit his job at Sumitomo Corporation to set up a business school from his apartment in 1992. Now, GLOBIS University has grown to become the leading business school in Japan and is opening a Singapore Hub Campus in October.
Mr Hori cheering on his professional basketball team, Ibaraki Robots, with his wife and one of his five sons. Globis Management School founder Yoshito Hori believes in the power of education and in giving back to the community. Among his many initiat
Globis Management School founder Yoshito Hori believes in the power of education and in giving back to the community. Among his many initiatives is one to revitalise his hometown Mito in Japan's Ibaraki prefecture.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Mr Hori waiting to board a flight from Narita Airport to his high school in Sydney, Australia, when he was in his teens.
Mr Hori waiting to board a flight from Narita Airport to his high school in Sydney, Australia, when he was in his teens.PHOTO: COURTESY OF YOSHITO HORI
Mr Hori cheering on his professional basketball team, Ibaraki Robots, with his wife and one of his five sons. Globis Management School founder Yoshito Hori believes in the power of education and in giving back to the community. Among his many initiat
Mr Hori cheering on his professional basketball team, Ibaraki Robots, with his wife and one of his five sons.PHOTO: COURTESY OF YOSHITO HORI

Yoshito Hori raised US$8k from his friends and began night school with his flat as office in 1992

On his 27th birthday, in 1989, Yoshito Hori found out that he had been accepted into Harvard Business School's MBA programme.

Then a promising executive overseeing power plant ventures in Asia for Japanese trading giant Sumitomo Corporation, he was chuffed about the prospect of a big pay jump.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 16, 2018, with the headline 'Top business school founder started small in a rented room'. Print Edition | Subscribe