Soichiro Fukutake

SOICHIRO FUKUTAKE 福武总一郎

Director and chairman

Believing “the economy should be a servant to culture”, the 68-year-old headed the refurbishing of the depopulated islands of the Seto Inland Sea into an art destination, including the Benesse House, Chichu Art Museum and Lee Ufan Museum. He also heads two foundations — one runs museums, the other promotes education and culture in Okayama.

Company:

Benesse Holdings

Net worth:

US$1.3 billion