To kick off this series, we will bring the classic Japanese star across all kinds of industries and admired by fans from all ages: Ms. Hello Kitty.
Born on November 1st, 1974, Hello Kitty is literally about 43 years old in 2017! Based on Wikipedia, by 2014, Hello Kitty was worth about $7 billion a year, all without advertising except on Sanrio's, related show producers', and ticket sales' webpages and at show venues and nearby locations.She can be ranked into Top 200 Billionaire list by Forbes with this amount of value, the same as Nicky Oppenheimer who used to own De Beer Diamond, and more than Pauline MacMillan Keinath, who is said to be the largest individual shareholder of Cargill, America's largest private company.
When Yuko Shimizu created Hello Kitty for Sanrio, the character was targeting at pre-adolescent female market. Her first appearance was on a vinyl coin purse in Japan where she was pictured sitting between a bottle of milk and a goldfish bowl. As British culture was trendy then, Hello Kitty was designed as a British female cat. She was then soon brought to the United States in 1976.
Hello Kitty doesn't have a mouth, which can be perceived as expressing all kinds of emotions, including joy, sadness, doubtful, welcoming, etc. It is also said that she expresses from her heart rather than words so she doesn't have a mouth. This clicked all kinds of people's hearts when they relate Hello Kitty to whatever emotions they have.
There is this rumor about a terrifying story behind Hello Kitty as she was from worshiping evil spirit after a Chinese woman's daughter was struggling with mouth cancer and finally passed away. No one can really verify the myth yet.
Hello Kitty is no doubt one of the biggest stars from Japan. She can be found in her own animation series, comic books, products from snack, clothing, toy to tools, cars, planes. She co-stars with a lot of other characters like Peko chan and real stars including Maria Carrie years ago. Where would you like to see her career going in the future?