Richest Man In Japan

Top 10 Richest Man In Japan

Natural disasters notwithstanding, Japan remains a major economic power. According to Forbes Magazine, the collective wealth of 50 of Japan’s super rich has topped $112 billion.  Here’s a rundown of Japan’s billionaires. 

Tadashi Yanai & Family Net Worth $15.5 Billion 

Tadashi Yanai’s family occupies the top spot on Japan’s list of wealthiest with a net worth of $15.5 billion. The family is ranked by Forbes as 66th of the world’s richest people.  Tadashi is the founder and CEO of Uniqlo, the ubiquitous Japanese clothing retailer in Japan. Uniqlo’s umbrella company, Fast Retailing, is the largest apparel company in Asia. 

tadashi yanai

Nobutada Saji & Family Net Worth 10.7 Billion 

Nobutada’s family owns the food and beverage company Suntory Ltd, the fourth largest company of its kind in Japan.   The business was established in 1899 by Nobutada’s grandfather. 

nobutada saji

Masayoshi Son Net Worth $9.1 Billion 

Masayoshi is the founder of Softbank, Asia’s leading telecommunications and Internet firm. His rise to fame and fortune is one of Japan’s famous rags-to-riches stories. His father was a Korean immigrant and the family was said to be so poor that they had to live in a shack.

masayoshi son

Hiroshi Mikitani Net Worth $6.4 Billion 

Harvard-educated Hiroshi Mikitani is the chairman and CEO of Rakuten Group, a conglomerate with interest in retail, banking, media, travel, sports and entertainment. The Japan-based company requires its employees to use English as the official language at work.

hiroshi mikitani

Kunio Busujima & Family Net Worth $5.2 Billion 

Kunio Busujima is the man behind Sankyo, maker of pinball-like slot machine game Pachinko, Japan’s main form of gambling.  His son Hideyuki now controls the company.  

kunio busujima

Akira Mori & Family Net Worth $5 Billion 

Akira Mori is president and CEO of real estate developer Mori Trust. Akira’s father, Taikichiro Mori, is the one who founded the original company. Mori's father, was ranked by Forbes in 1991 and 1992 as the richest man in the world.  

akira mori

Takemitsu Takizaki Net Worth $4.7 Billion 

Takemitsu Takizaki is the founder and president of Keyence, producer of sensors and electronic components. Founded in 1974, the company is categorized as fabrication-less, which means its main focus is on designing, developing and marketing of the products while the final products are subcontracted to manufacturing companies. 

takemitsu takizaki

Han Chang-Woo & Family Net Worth $3.4 Billion 

Korean immigrant Han Chang-Woo is the CEO of Maruhan Corp., Japan’s largest pachinko operator.  The company owns bowling alleys, movie theatres and golf driving ranges.  The corporation’s subsidiaries operate a number of entertainment facilities globally.  A self-made billionaire, Chang-Woo is known for his philanthropic efforts. He announced that he would donate all his money before he dies to help improve relations between Korea and Japan. 

han chang-woo

Keiichiro Takahara Net Worth $3.3 Billion 

Keiichiro Takahara built his fortune through his company Unicharm, manufacturer of diapers, sanitary napkins, pet care products and other consumer goods. His son, Takahisa, has been the company CEO since 2001. The company has been a staunch supporter of global efforts to reduce poverty, selling affordable sanitary products to the poor in Africa and Asia.

keiichiro takahara

Masatoshi Ito Net Worth $2.8 Billion 

Masatoshi Ito is the founder and honorary chairman of Seven & I, Japan’s largest domestic retailer, operating 50,000 stores nationwide. It is the umbrella company of 15 companies, including the Seven-Eleven Japan Co. store chain and department store Sogo & Seibu Co. 

masatoshi ito

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