At one time, Takafumi Horie was the most powerful man in Japan. Now, he's not. He does have a lot of followers on Twitter.
The Tokyo University dropout headed up internet portal Livedoor and attempted to not only buy an Osaka baseball team, but also carry out a hostile takeover of a major Japanese television network and create a space tourism company.
In 2005, the outspoken Horie ran for political office - something I covered firsthand. After being arrested for securities fraud in 2006, Horie, who is known as "Horiemon" in Japan, was sent to jail for two-and-a-half years. Around the time he got out of prison, Horie mentioned that he had purchased a PlayStation 3, but later, he would go on to say that Sony should sell its game division to Microsoft because the console market is high risk, high return.
Back when Horie was a billionaire information technology exec, he was thinking about trying to take over Sony, too. In his latest book, Horie apparently once again declares, "Sony should leave the game business."
Imagine a world with only Xbox 360 and Wii consoles. Sony, advice from a convicted white collar criminal!