Michiko Sakurai

Inside Biography

Michiko Sakurai is a former UI Designer at HAL Laboratory. She is also famous for being a wife of a Japanese video game director and game designer Masahiro Sakurai. He is famous as the creator of the Kirby and Super Smash Bros series. After he resigned from HAL Laboratory, he launched his own Company Sora Ltd with his wife Michiko Sakurai.

Who Is Michiko Sakurai?

Michiko Sakurai was born as Michiko Takashi in 1975 in Japan. The information about her parents and siblings are not revealed. She belongs to South Asian ethnicity and holds Japanese nationality. 

Michiko graduated from the Musashino Art University in 1997.


After her graduation, Michiko Sakurai got a job at HAL Laboratory. HAL Laboratory is a Japanese video game developing company founded on February 21, 1980. Her first work as a game UI designer was in Kirby’s Star Stacker in 1998.

After she completed her work on that game, Michiko joined her husband Masahiro Sakurai in the development of Super Smash Bros.

CAPTION: Michiko Sakurai when she was working at HAL Laboratory SOURCE: RPGFan

Sakurai also worked on the interface of the game. Furthermore, she appeared on a similar role in the further project of the HAL.

In 2003, the creator of Super Smash Bros and her future husband Masahiro Sakurai resigned from his position at HAL after which Sakurai also left the company and formed Sora Ltd. with him. Sora is a shell company that worked on a freelance basis on several projects.

In the year 2005, Sakurai launched Project Sora in a s sociation with Nintendo; Nintendo had a 72% partnership in the project. While she was at HAL Laboratory, she worked in Kid Icarus Uprising, Meteos, Kirby Air Ride, The Crystal Shards and Super Smash Bros series.

Michiko Sakurai’s Net Worth

Michiko Sakurai has not revealed her net worth to the media yet. As a game designer, she has collected a decent amount of money. She worked at HAL Laboratory form 1997 to 2003. As of now, she has been working at Sora Ltd. Since 2005. The average salary of video game graphic designers in the United State is $90,270 a year. 

Talking about her husband, Masahiro has an estimated net worth of $10 million. According to the source, the average salary of video game developers is around $57,590 per year.

Who Is Her Husband?

Michiko Sakurai, who is at the age of 44 is a married woman. She got married to Masahiro Sakurai in June 2008. She first met him when she was working at HAL Laboratory. There she used to work under her husband before she left it and established her own company.

They started dating a few months after their first meeting. Later, both of them left the company and launched their own company Sora LTD. Michiko and her husband Masahiro currently resides in an apartment in Tokyo. 

CAPTION: Former UI designer of HAL Laboratory Michiko Sakurai SOURCE: RED

Michiko keeps her personal life far away from social media which makes it difficult to say anything about her personal life. She has been married to her husband Masahiro, however, she hasn't given birth to any children. 

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