Tadashi Yanai, the Japanese billionaire entrepreneur, is the founder and president of Fast Retailing, the umbrella corporation for Uniqlo and other brands. As of October 2021, he held the title of Japan’s wealthiest individual, boasting a net worth of $26.5 billion and ranking as the 40th richest globally. Fast Retailing, reporting a net profit of $1.2 billion on $17 billion in revenue for the fiscal year ending August 2022, operates over 2,400 Uniqlo stores in 25 countries. Yanai aspires for Fast Retailing to become the world’s largest retailer, surpassing industry giants H&M and Inditex. Yanai’s Fast Retailing empire extends beyond Uniqlo to encompass renowned brands like Theory, Helmut Lang, J Brand, and GU. With a strategic vision, Yanai aims to outpace competitors and position his company as the foremost global retailer. The fiscal year ending August 2022 showcased Fast Retailing’s financial prowess, with a substantial net profit of $1.2 billion against a robust revenue of $17 billion. Yanai envisions a future where Fast Retailing reigns supreme in the retail landscape.
Takemitsu Takizaki, a Japanese billionaire and founder of Keyence, a manufacturer specializing in automation sensors and various technology solutions, currently holds a net worth of $18.6 billion as of September 29, 2022. Although he retired as chairman in March 2015, Takizaki continues to serve on the board and holds the honorary chairman position. With over 50% of revenue generated from international sales, Keyence caters to diverse industries, including automotive, electronics, and food packaging. Notably, in 2022, Takizaki made a substantial contribution by donating shares valued at nearly $3 billion to his foundation.
Takizaki’s Keyence, a global tech solutions provider, flourishes with over half of its revenue originating from international clientele, spanning the automotive, electronics, and food packaging sectors. Despite stepping down as chairman in 2015, Takizaki remains a significant figure on the board, actively contributing to Keyence’s success. In a notable act of philanthropy in 2022, he generously donated shares valued at nearly $3 billion to his foundation.
Masayoshi Son, a Japanese billionaire tech entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, hails from a Zainichi Korean background and became a Japanese citizen in 1990. Vision Funds, backed by investors like Apple and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund, have fueled over 100 investments, encompassing companies like Grab, Coupang, and Paytm. Despite reporting a $7.3 billion loss for the fiscal year ending March 2023, SoftBank, under Son’s leadership, remains a major player in global tech investments.
Nobutada Saji, a Japanese businessman, serves as the CEO of Suntory Ltd, the world’s third-largest distiller renowned for brands like Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark. With a net worth exceeding a billion dollars, Suntory acquired U.S. Beam, the producer of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, for $16 billion in 2014. The net worth estimate encompasses stakes held by Nobutada Saji’s family members. Established in 1899, Suntory remains a prominent player in the global beverage and food industry.
Takahisa Takahara, a Japanese businessman, serves as the CEO of Unicharm, a diaper-making company founded by his father, Keiichiro Takahara. Appointed as CEO in 2001, Takahara leads Unicharm in producing various personal care products, including MamyPoko diapers, sanitary napkins, face masks, and alcohol-based wipes. With over 60% of Unicharm’s nearly $6 billion annual revenue generated outside Japan, primarily in other Asian countries, Takahisa Takahara secured a spot on the 2022 Forbes Billionaires List, estimating his wealth at $6.4 billion and ranking 398th.