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‘I don’t think art is something that you should study,” Tadashi Yanai told the New Yorker. “Something beautiful is something that you enjoy by observing it.” Or, in Yanai’s case, something that you enjoy by wearing—as one does with wares from his Japanese clothing company, Uniqlo. The enterprise has paired in the past with New York’s Museum of Modern Art to produce items adorned with images by artists Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Ryan McGinness, Sarah Morris, Jack Pierson, and Lawrence Weiner. As for his own art collection, Yanai is modest about it. “I have some art,” he has said. “I don’t know if you’d call it a collection.” Others, obviously, would.

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Tadashi Yanai

Location:
Tokyo

Source of wealth:
Fashion retailing (Uniqlo)

Collecting area:
Modern and contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

When asked by the New Yorker if he would be spending more time collecting art after he retires, Tadashi Yanai’s response was, “No, I don’t think I will be doing such a thing. You see, I only have interest in playing golf and doing business.”