Tadashi Yanai is known to the world as one of the richest personalities in Japan and he holds the 35th position in the list of richest personalities of the world by the choice of Bloomberg. He has earned USD 19.9 billion in the year of 2009 and managed to earn USD 17.6 billion in 2014 which also shows his gradual, successful career as a businessman. He is the founder and the current President of Fast Retailing, of which Uniqlo is a subsidiary, earning around USD 19.3 billion by the end of January 2016.
Tadashi Yanai is a well-known name in Japan not only for his widespread business but also for his reputation which was built over years. The billionaire has recently declared that he would retire in the next couple of years. He probably will spend the rest of his life horse racing and play golf as he is highly fond of these games.
Early Life and Back Ground
This famous businessman was born on 7th February, in the year 1949, in Ube, Yamaguchi. He was admitted to Ube High School and later on took admission in Waseca University. He had completed his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science in 1971.
After completing his graduation, Yanai stepped into his business in the year of 1971 at Jusco Supermarket by selling kitchenware and men’s clothing. Gradually in 1984, he opened his Uniqlo Store in Hiroshima. He had also changed his company name to Fast retailing from Ogori Shoji, which was given by his father.
Tadashi Yanai was born to Kanichi Yanai and Mori Yanai.
Mr. Yanai is presently living in Shibuya, the shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, with his wife and two sons, named Kazumi and Koji.
Coming to his achievements, he has earned many awards for his dedication to his work and creating employment throughout Japan for its people. His business empire is drawing in huge amounts of foreign investment to increase the GDP of Japan.
In 2010, he won International retailer of the year award from the National retail foundation in the USA and he was the fourth Japanese to achieve it. He was also chosen as the Best Company President in a survey of Japanese corporate executives by Sanno Institute of Management in the year 2008 and 2009.
In 2012, he was chosen and was included in most influential personalities by Bloomberg magazines.
He is a very patriotic person at heart; he donated One Billion Yen to victims of earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
He says that though he is successful today, he had made many mistakes. People generally take their faults too seriously that they cannot even move on but they have to be positive and they’ll find success next time and probably this is the key to his successful career. The estimated net worth of Tadashi Yanai stands at 21.5 billion USD.