Daisaku Ikeda

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Birthday
2, 1928
Birthplace
Japan
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
2, 1928 (age 90)
Birthplace
Japan

About

Entrepreneur, teacher, and religious figure who founded Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist group with millions of followers. He served as president of Soka Gakkai, the original, Japanese chapter of the organization, from 1960 to 1979.

Before Fame

He joined the Japanese Soka Gakkai organization when he was in his late teens and subsequently became a youth leader within the group.

Trivia

He received more than three hundred honorary doctorates and published numerous books on topics of interest to the international Buddhist community.

Family Life

He and his wife, Kaneko, welcomed three sons between 1953 and 1958.

Associated With

He has been criticized for his close friendship with and potential financial ties to Panamanian dictator and drug trafficker Manuel Noriega.