Yamauchi owns the castle the princess is in

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the previous chairman of Nintendo, has enough gold coins for a few hundred extra lives, easy. According to Forbes Asia, he is now the third richest man in Japan, after coming in at number eleven last year. His net worth is now $4.8 billion dollars. In first and second place are real estate developer Akira Mori and SoftBank Corp.'s Masayoshi Son.

The huge jump in net worth is thanks to his Nintendo stock, which has tripled in the last year. It's almost as if his company did something very successful, right around the beginning of the last fiscal year. But what? Oh, if only we had some kind of handheld device we could carry around and do little brain exercises on, we'd be able to make these connections more easily. But it would have to be a nice looking gadget, and light; we're not going to carry around some bulky silver thing.

[Via Game|Life]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.