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Tadashi Yanai

Tadashi Yanai

Yanai, 66, is Japan’s richest man whose company slogan is: “Changing clothes. Changing conventional wisdom. Change the world.” His key brand, Uniqlo, operates more than 1,550 outlets worldwide, reportedly opening one new store every week. Not only does it create affordable basics, experiment with cutting-edge materials  and collaborates with designers such as Jil Sander, it also prescribes and analyses sales floor protocols right down to the way staff return change to customers with both hands and with full eye contact.