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7 things to know about Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai

The straight-talking Japanese billionaire with a reported net worth of $20 billion eyes global domination, never mind a "devastating debut" in London in 2001.

  • “I wish he was still alive and kind enough to come to Japan and rebuild it. Singapore is a newly built country. It’s not natural-born, in that sense. So is Fast Retailing. I come from Ube, a mining town in Yamaguchi, which had nothing to do with fashion. But I was very interested in young people’s culture and fashion in Europe and the US. I wanted to do the same in Japan. Just like Lee Kuan Yew went to Oxford and wanted to modernise Singapore.” - On the late Lee Kuan Yew, whom Yanai professes a deep respect for.

Adapted from The Business Times.