Tadashi Yanai: Is there a single family office?

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Where does the fortune of Tadashi Yanai come from?

Tadashi Yanai is a Japanese billionaire businessman and founder and president of the retail holding company Fast Retailing, Japan’s most successful retail firm and the parent company of Uniqlo. Uniqlo is a thriving Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer that quickly gains publicity over the world. Besides Uniqlo, Fast Retailing owns several other brands, including J Brand, Comptoir des Cotonniers and Theory. Fast Retailing wants to become the world’s leading retail company which means that it has to overtake H&M and Inditex. Tadashi Yanai ranks 2nd on the list of the richest people in Japan, right after Masayoshi Son, with an estimated net worth of $38.7 billion.

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How did Yanai’s company Fast Retailing develop?

In 1971, Yanai started in business by selling kitchenware and men’s clothing at a supermarket. After one year he quit and joined his father’s roadside tailor shop which was later renamed to Fast Retailing, (resp. Uniqlo). In 1984, the company, which ran a menswear store in Yamaguchi, opened a new casual-wear store named Unique Clothing Warehouse in Hiroshima City – this was the forebear of Uniqlo. In September 1991, the name of the company was changed to “Fast Retailing“, and by April 1994 the company went public with over 100 Uniqlo stores operating throughout Japan. Today the firm generates $20 billion of revenues and employs 35,000 people.

Is there a Tadashi Yanai family office?

According to our research team, there is no specific organization that serves as Tadashi Yanai’s personal single family office. Yanai holds almost all of his fortune in the Fast Retailing company and invests most of the gains back into the business.

How does the Tadashi Yanai family office invest?

As said before, there exists no Tadashi Yanai family office. But within the Fast Retailing Group Tadashi Yanai seeks for investments to foster his retailing and clothing businesses. Therefore, Yanai focuses strongly on e-commerce investments in Japan, China and India to strengthen his brands. Other areas of interests include, for example, IoT for automated warehouses and logistics for his new click and collect speed deliveries.

This article is part of our detailed report “The Single Family Offices of Asian Billionaires and HNWIs“.

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