Oki Matsumoto is the founder and the CEO of Monex Group, Inc., as well as its largest subsidiary, Monex, Inc., one of the first and biggest online brokerage firms in Japan. Matsumoto established Monex, Inc. in 1999 with 49% capital from Sony Corporation and 51% capital from himself.
Monex Group, Inc. (Tokyo Stock Exchange 1st section: 8698), including its main subsidiary Monex, Inc. (Tokyo, Oki Matsumoto, Chairman and CEO), an online securities brokerage, provides advanced financial services to individual investors. Monex Group has been a pioneer among Japanese online securities brokers since the complete liberalization of commissions and fees in stock brokerages in 1999. Monex relentlessly strives to offer its customers in Japan innovative products and services and has established its reputation as an independent financial institution group. Its services cover M&A advisory, debt & equity underwriting, asset management focusing on alternative investments, investment education, and other investment banking functions along with an online distribution network to more than 1.2 million individual investors in Japan.
Monex Group aims to globalize its customer base and businesses in addition to enhancing its global product line and services. Specifically, in recent years, Monex has embarked on an ambitious plan to strengthen its products and services globally by focusing its expansion efforts to date on the growing Chinese market, by opening representative offices in Beijing and acquiring BOOM Securities (HK) Limited and its group companies in Hong Kong. As a core element in the further expansion and global diversification of its businesses, it has been seeking opportunities to expand into the U.S. market, which it saw as the missing pillar in achieving a truly global platform. Monex recently completed its acquisition of TradeStation in June 2011 and it is expected to provide Monex with an immediate expansion and strong commercial presence in the U.S. online brokerage market.
Matsumoto currently serves as an external Board member of several companies including the Tokyo Stock Exchange Group. He also has taken many of various public positions including a member of the Financial Council to Prime Minister of Japan.
Before founding the Monex Group, Matsumoto worked for Goldman Sachs & Co., where he was responsible for the fixed income and FX products and related risk management in Asia, and at 30 years old, made the youngest ever General Partner of the firm in its history at the time. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he began his career at Salomon Brothers Asia, Ltd.
Matsumoto has been involved in various social activities, such as being identified by and taking part in the World Economic Forum as a Global Leaders for Tomorrow in 2001. He received his BA from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo in 1987.