Akio Nitori

AKIO NITORI 似鸟昭雄

President

Nitori, 70, gives through funds and foundations run by his group. Some, like the Nitori International Scholarship Foundation, were set up with a personal donation. He also supports his native Hokkaido, funding the planting of thousands of maples to attract tourists to the bankrupt city of Yubari, and has provided disaster relief in Niigata, Sumatra and Sichuan.

Company:

Nitori Holdings

Net worth:

US$1.5 billion