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# Yusaku Maezawa

Random fact: Start Today was named after an album by punk band Gorilla Biscuits.


Maezawa is the president and largest shareholder of Start Today, the operator of Japan’s biggest online apparel retailer Zozotown. The Chiba-based company also controls the Wear app and Zozoused, a seller of second-hand clothing. Start Today had revenue of 76.4 billion yen ($706.4 million) in the year to March 31, 2017.

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Citizenship Japan
Age 41
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Birthdate: 11/22/1975
Family: Divorced, 3 children

Yusaku Maezawa was born in Japan on Nov. 22, 1975. After graduating Waseda Jitugyo High School, he left for the United States, where he collected CDs and records of bands he liked. Upon returning to Japan in 1995, he started a mail-order business selling CDs and records he'd acquired abroad. 

Following the success of his music business, Maezawa launched Start Today, a fashion e-commerce company, in 1998. Start Today operates Zozotown, the largest online fashion portal in Japan, according to the company website.

Start Today went public in 2007 and was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's start-up section in 2007. Five years later, it was moved to the first section.

Maezawa has made headlines for his art collecting-habits, spending $98 million within two days on art pieces sold at Christie's and Sotheby's in New York in 2016. He founded the Contemporary Art Foundation in Tokyo in 2012.

  • 1975 Born in Chiba, Japan.
  • 1995 Starts a mail-order CD and record business.
  • 1998 Establishes Start Today.
  • 2004 Launches online fashion portal Zozotown.
  • 2007 Start Today goes public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers.
  • 2012 Sets up the Contemporary Art Foundation in Tokyo.
  • 2012 Start Today gets listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • 2016 Enters the U.S. market via its Wear app.