Yasunobu Kyogoku

Founding Partner
Innovation Global Capital

Yasunobu Kyogoku is the Founding Partner of Innovation Global Capital, an asset management and consumer private equity firm that builds global brands through partnerships with visionary entrepreneurs. Funds managed by Innovation Global Capital are investors in rapidly growing brands such as Marine Layer, Rothys, Buck Mason, Kjaer Weis and Plae, as well as consumer enterprise technology companies such as Hero and GameOn. Kyogoku is also an advisor to ItoEn Co. Ltd., the $4 billion revenue beverage company.

Kyogoku previously served as Chief Investment Officer and Member of the Executive Management Committee of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., a $36 Billion company. As Chief Investment Officer, Kyogoku acquired over $1 billion of branded fashion companies in the US, Europe and Asia. His acquisitions created the largest affordable luxury apparel group in the world, and his investments created significant shareholder value during his involvement with the companies. He is also a former Board Member of Theory, Helmut Lang, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam and other global brands.

As Chief Operating Officer of Uniqlo USA, Kyogoku played a pivotal role in developing the Uniqlo brand from a single New York store into a national phenomenon, including launching flagship stores on New York’s 5th Avenue and San Francisco’s Union Square. At Mori Building, Kyogoku helped create one of Japan’s first Real Estate Investment Trusts, eventually listing in a $750 million IPO that today is worth nearly $2 billion. He began his career at the management consultancy Bain & Company developing strategies for global technology, internet and consumer product corporations.

Kyogoku is a trustee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (de Young / Legion of Honor), the San Francisco Ballet, and the San Francisco Zoological Society. He was formerly a trustee of the Asiatic Society of Japan (Honorary Patron HIH Princess Takamado).

After graduating from Columbia University, Kyogoku attended graduate schools at Oxford University and Tokyo University.

He has appeared frequently on television and in print, including CNBC, CBS, Fox Business, Bloomberg, Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WWD and local TV affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox.

Always grateful for the warm friendship of the wonderful people of Hawaiʻi, Kyogoku has served as an advisor to Honolulu Fashion Week and mentors Hawaiian entrepreneurs. He is constantly seeking opportunities to assist Hawaiian companies to share the Hawaiian lifestyle and Aloha spirit worldwide.