How A Caramel Created A $2 Billion Business

rmkane, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

The sweet bliss of a caramel melting on the tongue.

That was the moment of conception for the Morinaga & Co., the Hershey’s of Japan (~$2B in 2020 revenues). On a day when founder Taichiro Morinaga was struggling to make ends meet and feeling blue, someone gave him a caramel. California was racist and inhospitable to Asian immigrants in the late…



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Mariko O. Gordon, CFA

Mariko O. Gordon, CFA


Built $2.5B money mgmt biz from scratch. Coaching badass women to build & love their businesses, manage their finances, and make sure the thrill is never gone.