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Table: Bio: Wayne Ryo Inouye


A winding road from farm boy to blues guitarist to audio merchandiser to computer maker:

BORN

Aug. 25, 1952, in Yuba City, Calif., the second of four children of Betty and George Inouye.

EDUCATION

Studied biology at the University of California at Berkeley from 1971-72.

FIRST JOB

At age 7, he started working on his family's farm.

CAREER PATH

As a hippie in the early 1970s, he sold vintage guitars out of his car to the likes of The Beach Boys. Then he worked for several retailers of audio products. In 1978 , he started distributor Northern California Marketing. In 1986, he joined Good Guys as head of audio merchandising. From 1995 to 2001, he managed Best Buy's computer-retailing division.

CURRENT JOB

Chief executive, eMachines, since 2001.

HOBBIES

Blues guitar, golf.

FAMILY

Married to Shannon for 24 years. Two children: Lauren, 23, and Josh, 19.


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