The Story of Uniqlo Founder, from a Small Store to the Richest Person in Japan

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Uniqlo’s famous clothing brand is currently very popular and almost every shopping center can be found. The founder of Uniqlo is Tadashi Yanai, the richest person in number 2 in Japan in 2014 according to Forbes.

Forbes noted that this pira born on February 7, 1949, had a wealth of US $ 25.7 billion. The wealth was recorded on May 11, 2018. Tadashi Yanai has a Uniqlo brand clothing store which is inherited from his parents in the Yamaguchi Prefecture region in southwest Japan.

Yanai studied at Waseda University in Tokyo with a major in political science and graduated in 1971. After graduating, he sold men’s clothing and kitchen equipment at Jusco supermarket. After working for a year at Jusco, he quit the job and joined his father’s sewing business and named him Ogori Shoji.

Long story short, Yanai began opening his first Uniqlo store in 1984 on Hiroshima. Thanks to his hard work, the small shop developed into many other stores within 10 years. After that, he listed his company on the capital market in 1994.

Tanai currently has more than 2,000 stores while strengthening Fast Retailing Co., the company he leads as the fourth largest clothing company in Japan. The company covers a number of brands including Uniqlo, Compoir des Cotonniers, Helmut Lang and Theory, Princesse Tam.Tam, J Brand, and g.u.

His business continued to grow and Yanai succeeded in opening 1,000 Uniqlo stores in the US in 2012. Yanai was ambitious to make his company the largest retailer in the world.

Besides being active as a businessman, Yanai is also known as a generous figure. He once contributed one billion Japanese yen to victims of the Sendai earthquake in March 2011.

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