DON Fisher, the man who founded clothing giant Gap, died yesterday aged 81.<br /><br />Fisher opened his first shop with his wife Doris forty years ago after struggling to find a pair of jeans that fitted.<br /><br />The husband and wife team named the store after the “Generation Gap” in a bid to appeal to a younger customer. <br /><br />The retail powerhouse now has over 3,000 stores across 25 countries and also owns the Old Navy and Banana Republic chains. Gap reported sales of $14.5bn (£9.12bn) in its 2008 fiscal year.<br /><br />Fisher continued to act as Gap’s chief executive until 1995 and remained as chairman until 2004. <br /><br />On Friday, just days before Fisher’s death, it emerged he had agreed to leave his prestigious personal art collection, which includes some of the 20th <br />Century’s most influential works by Richard Diebenkorn, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Willem de Kooning to The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. <br /><br />Fisher’s wife Doris started the Gap Foundation in 1977 to help communities where the firm operates.