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Satoru Iwata
岩田 聡
Satoru Iwata presenting at the Game Developers Conference in 2011
Iwata at Game Developers Conference in 2011
4th President and CEO of Nintendo
In office
May 24, 2002 – July 11, 2015
Preceded by Hiroshi Yamauchi
Succeeded by Tatsumi Kimishima
Personal details
Born (1959-12-06)December 6, 1959
Sapporo, Japan
Died July 11, 2015(2015-07-11) (aged 55)
Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan
Cause of death Complications from bile duct growth
Nationality Japanese
Spouse(s) Kayoko Iwata
(m. ?–2015; his death)
Alma mater Tokyo Institute of Technology
Satoru Iwata - Game Developers Conference 2011 - Day 2 (1)
Iwata at the Game Developers Conference in 2011

Satoru Iwata (December 6, 1959 – July 11, 2015) was a Japanese businessman. He was the fourth president and CEO of Nintendo.

On July 11, 2015, Iwata died of bile duct cancer at age 55.

Early life

Iwata was born and raised in Sapporo, Japan on December 6, 1959. His father was a municipal mayor.

Iwata expressed interest in the creation of video games early on and during his high school years, began producing electronic games at his home. The several simple number games Iwata produced made use of an electronic calculator he shared with his schoolmates. Following high school, Iwata was admitted to the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he majored in computer science. While attending the school, he did freelance work as a programmer for HAL Laboratory, Inc., a game developer that often collaborated closely with Nintendo.


On July 11, 2015, Iwata died of bile duct cancer at age 55.

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