Bloomberg Markets' 50 Most Influential

By Bloomberg Markets - 2012-09-05T07:58:26Z

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Tadashi Yanai

Founder, Fast Retailing Co.

The parent of the Uniqlo clothing chain is the biggest component of the Nikkei 225 after its shares rose 158 percent in the five years ended in mid-August. Yanai, 63, is betting big on China, where his plans call for hundreds of stores.