Tadashi Yanai’s profile picture

Tadashi Yanai

Tadashi Yanai’s profile picture
Net worth 2018: $20.44 Billion
Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Country: Japan
BirthDay: 7 February 1949
Sigh: Pisces
Children: 2
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Waseda University

Tadashi Yanai was bornon 7 February 1949 in Tokyo, Japan, Japan. Tadashi Yanai is #56 in List Billionaires People In The World. Yanai built and runs Tokyo-listed retail clothing empire Fast Retailing, parent of the Uniqlo chain. Fast Retailing also owns two other chains: J Brand and Theory. Yanai is betting on growth in Asia, particularly China and Thailand, for Uniqlo. Yanai shelved a 2012 goal to open 1,000 Uniqlo stores in the U.S.; it had 47 American stores as of March 2017.


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Tadashi Yanai (柳井 正, Yanai Tadashi, born 7 February 1949) is a Japanese businessman, the founder and president of Fast Retailing, of which Uniqlo (ユニクロ, "unique clothing") is a subsidiary. In January 2014 he was ranked 35th richest person in the world by Bloomberg, making him the richest man in Japan at the time with an estimated net worth of US$19.9 billion in 2009 and US$17.6 billion in 2014.Yanai was born in Ube, Yamaguchi in February 1949. He attended Ube High School and later Waseda University, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science. His uncle was an activist for elimination of the settlement of discriminated lower-class people, called Burakumin (minority group of Japanese society).In 1971, Yanai started in business by selling kitchenware and men’s clothing at a JUSCO supermarket. After a year at JUSCO, he quit and joined his father’s roadside tailor shop. Yanai opened his first Uniqlo store in Hiroshima in 1984, and changed the name of his father’s company Ogori Shoji to Fast Retailing in 1991. He has stated: "I might look successful but I've made many mistakes. People take their failures too seriously. You have to be positive and believe you will find success next time."In March 2011, Yanai donated 1 billion yen to victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.He is the son of Kanichi Yanai and Hisako Mori Yanai. Yanai is married and has two sons, Kazumi and Koji, and lives in Tokyo.
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