Justin Hakuta is an American entrepreneur and business man, who is best known for his professional engagements within Cargomatic and GoodRx while being widely recognized as the husband of popular American actress and stand-up comedian Ali Wong.
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Early Life, Childhood and Education
Justin was born under the zodiac sign of Libra on the 18th October 1981, in Los Angeles, California, USA, one of three children of Marilou Cantiller and Ken Hakuta who was a popular TV personality in the early 1990s.
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Justin is of American nationality as well as of Filipino descent through his mother, and of Korean ancestry from his father’s side. He has two younger siblings named Kenzo and Aki Hakuta.
After matriculating from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. Justin enrolled at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. He later enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 2003, after which he obtained his Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.
Father Ken Hakuta
Paik Kun was born in 1951 in Seoul, South Korea and is the firstborn child of Paik Nam-il who was an executive of Taechang Textile Industry Co. which was co-founded by Kun’s grandfather Paik Nak Seung. Shortly after his birth his family relocated to Japan, where he spent the majority of his childhood and changed his name to Ken Hakuta before moving to the States. Into the limelight he came in the early 1980s when he created the Wacky Wall Walker – one of the bestselling toys of the era with over 240 million units sold, earning over $20 million in revenues.
Between 1988 and 1994, he hosted his own television invention show called “Dr Fad”, promoting inventiveness and creativity in children, while in 1998 he launched AllHerb.com, an e-commerce company specializing in herbal remedies.
Justin began his professional career as a developer at the DirectTV DLab, an LA-based digital innovation laboratory focused on creating new digital products. In 2011, he joined a startup company GoodRx as a product manager, comparing the prices of prescription drugs throughout the US, and offers lower drug costs and drug coupons.
Later that year, Hakuta combined his ‘knack for entrepreneurship’ and his passion for meditation and healthy lifestyle, and launched YogaStart, an online resource focused on finding wellness services and yoga classes in the States.
Justin also used his knowledge about yoga and wellness to contribute to the Huffington Post, with a series of health-related articles, as well as to collaborate with several companies such as Seventh Generation Inc., Honest Tea and Patagonia Outdoor Clothing & Gear.
Marriage with Ali Wong
Justin Hakuta and Ali Wong first met in 2010, at the wedding ceremony of a mutual friend. She invited him to visit one of her stand-ups, after which they began dating. ‘Enthralled’ by her performance, Justin attended almost every one of her shows during Ali’s early career, not only supporting her but helping her to adjust and improve her material as well. After building their relationship for four years, the couple brought it to a higher level and tied the knot – Justin and Ali’s wedding ceremony took place on the 27th November 2014.
In November of the following year they welcomed their first child, a daughter they named Mari, while in December 2017 they were blessed with another daughter they named Nikki. With his family, Justin currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Alexandra ‘Ali’ Dawn Wong was born under the zodiac sign of Aries on the 19th April 1982, in San Francisco, California, USA, the youngest of four children to Tam and Adolphus Wong.
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She is of American nationality, of Vietnamese descent through her mother, and of Chinese ancestry from her father’s side. She attended San Francisco University High School from which she matriculated. before enrolling at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), from which she obtained her degree majoring in Asian American studies. As a member of its LCC Theatre Company Ali discovered her passion for acting and performing, which led her to New York City, where she dived into the world of stand-up comedy.
“Variety” ranked Ali Wong among ’10 Comics to Watch’ in 2011, after which she made a series of on-camera appearances in “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show”, “The Tonight Show” and “Comedy Underground Show”. All these were followed with her debut acting appearance in the TV series “Breaking In” in 2011, after which she made memorable on-camera appearances in television series such as “Are You There, Chelsea?”, “Black Box” and more recently “Tuca & Bertie”.
As of early 2020, Justin Hakuta’s net worth is estimated at $1.2 million, acquired through his various professional engagements, particularly GoodRx.