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May 8, 2008 4:30 PM

Nintendo don and ex-Mariners owner Wiicher than ever

Posted by Brier Dudley

Soaring Wii sales boosted the net worth of Nintendo founder Hiroshi Yamauchi by $3 billion last year, according to a new Forbes list of the richest people in Japan.

The 80-year-old gaming magnate rose to first place, up from third, on the list with an estimated fortune of $7.8 billion, according to this Reuters report.

Yamauchi became a principal owner of the Mariners in 1992 but sold his stake in 2004 to Redmond-based Nintendo of America.

He still owns 10 percent of Nintendo, the shares of which have tripled since the Wii's launch.

(No wonder Steve Jobs is looking into a Wii-like remote that could make the Apple TV into a game console....)

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