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# Keiichiro Takahara

Random fact: Author of four books on business strategy.


Takahara is the founder of Unicharm, the third-largest manufacturer of baby care products in the world. The Tokyo-based company began operating in 1961 and produces diapers, sanitary napkins, pet food and other items. It has more than 12,000 employees and reported revenue of 711 billion yen ($6.6 billion) in 2016.

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Citizenship Japan
Age 86
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Birthdate: 3/16/1931
Family: Married, 3 children
Education: 1953, Osaka City University, Bachelor's Degree

Takahara was born in 1931 to the president of a Japanese paper-making company. He graduated with a business degree from Osaka City University in 1953, and set up a company named Taisei Kako Co. in 1961 that supplied building materials. After noticing the variety of sanitary napkins in U.S. supermarkets, Takahara shifted the focus of his business and started manufacturing sanitary napkins in 1963.

The company became Unicharm Corporation in 1974 and in the same year ventured to manufacture and sell tampons. Two years later, it went public with a listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Takahara has developed the company's businesses to encompass baby and child care, health care, household and pet care.

His oldest son, Takahisa Takahara, took over the reins as Unicharm's president beginning in 2001. His stated aim is to boost sales to 1.6 trillion yen ($13.6 billion) by 2020. The billionaire still shows up to work three times a week.

Unicharm expanded its pet-care business in the U.S. market in 2011, when it bought a 51 percent stake in Hartz Mountain Corp., which is based in Secaucus, N.J.

  • 1931 Born in Kawanoe-shi, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.
  • 1953 Graduated from Osaka City University.
  • 1958 Marries wife Fumiko and honeymoons in Hokkaido.
  • 1961 Founded Taisei Kako Co., Unicharm's predecessor.
  • 1963 Taisei Kako introduces its first sanitary napkin product.
  • 1976 Unicharm starts trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • 2008 Establishes Takahara Environment Foundation.
  • 2011 Acquires Hartz Mountain Corp., a U.S. pet-care company.