Yoshito Hori (堀 義人, Hori Yoshito) is the Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of Globis Capital Partners. He is known for founding Globis University Graduate School of Management, which has been ranked first among Japanese Business Schools by the Nikkei Career Magazine[5] for two consecutive years (2008–2009) in terms of number of enrolled students and student satisfaction. Globis is also considered as a significant indicator to the acceptance of the MBA system in Japan.[6]

Hori is the Founding Partner of Globis Incubation Fund, Apax Globis Japan Fund, and Globis Fund III. Previously, he worked for Sumitomo Corporation where he was in change of new business development and foreign trade of production plant facilities.[7]

He had the idea to start a school offering business courses based on Harvard’s case study method. In 1992, upon graduating from Harvard and returning to Japan, he opened Globis with just $8,000 in venture capital and twenty students, holding classes in a rented room.[8] Globis was ranked among top three business schools in Japan by Nikkei Industrial News Paper and has become the largest business school in terms of the number of enrollments, with five physical campuses in Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai and Fukuoka.[10]

Hori is a Board Member of Keizai Dōyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) and Japan Venture Capital Association. He is a Member of the Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership of WEF, and serves as Co-chair of Global Growth Companies of WEF. Hori is a Member of the World Economic Forum's New Asian Leaders Executive Committee and was featured on the cover of Forbes and the Wall Street Journal as one of Japan's most successful businessmen.

Yoshito Hori founded Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO) Japan Chapter and was the first Board Member in charge of YEO Asia Pacific region. Hori served on the Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). He has authored several books including Six Dimensions of Life; Personal Mission Statement; The Case-Method Approach to Strategic Entrepreneurship; and Venture Management Revolution.

Yoshito Hori is a member of YPO - Young Presidents' Organization Japan Chapter and was a 2014 YPO Global Impact honoree for his work to help rebuild Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.[11]


Hori holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Engineering from Kyoto University.[12]


  • Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate Societies
  • Six Dimensions of Life
  • My Personal Mission Statement
  • The Case-Method Approach to Strategic Entrepreneurship