Fashion is a competitive industry, and it takes a leader with guts, talent, and perseverance to stay on top of the game. Tadashi Yanai, the founder of UNIQLO and Japan’s wealthiest man, has worked his way to be one of the most respected names in the world of fashion.
Yanai, born in 1949, had always been fond of doing business. After studying political science at Tokyo’s Waseda University, he sold men’s clothing and kitchenware at a local market. While he started small, he eventually moved to help his father’s tailoring business and built a brand of his own. He founded UNIQLO in 1984 in Hiroshima, and the brand opened hundreds of stores in just a span of ten years.
Yanai’s UNIQLO became a household name not just in Japan, but in other parts of the world as well. His corporation, now known as Fast Retailing, has more than 2,000 stores. The company has other brands like Helmut Lang and Theory, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and more.
Yanai’s estimated net worth is $16.5 billion, making him the richest man in Japan. He also ranked 66th among the world’s wealthiest, according to Forbes Magazine.
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