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SoftBank Group Corp., a Japanese multinational corporation, was founded in 1981 by its CEO Masayoshi Son, Japan’s richest man, and is Japan’s third largest public company. Its portfolio of investments include interests in the telecommunications, ecommerce, internet technology services, finance, media and semiconductor businesses. Two of its most prominent holdings are the British chip designer ARM Holdings and an 80% interest in Sprint. It recently made a $4 billion investment in Nvidia and is Nvidia’s fourth largest shareholder.

In 2016, Softbank announced the formation of the Vision Fund, stating that it intended to raise $100 billion for technology investments. The company stated that the fund would particularly focus on the field of artificial intelligence. In May 2017, the fund closed its first round of $93 billion. More than half the money - $60 billion - was raised in the Middle East: $45 billion from Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and $15 billion from Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Investment Company. Other investors include Apple, Sharp, Foxconn, Oracle and Qualcomm.

Softbank's founder and CEO, Masayoshi Son, Japan's riches man, is a futurist who has predicted the singularity, the moment in time when machines will become smarter than humans and technology will progress exponentially. Son has predicted that will occur in 2047.

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5752Potential political risk/rewards for Softbank's Vision Fund SoftBank's Glenn Petersen-Saturday
5751SoftBank is reportedly considering a $300 million investment in DoorDash Sam ShGlenn Petersen-December 9
5750SoftBank’s $450 million investment puts Compass on the global map Fast Company Glenn Petersen-December 7
5749SoftBank Bids to Buy Uber Shares for 30% Less Than Current Value By Eric NewcoGlenn Petersen-November 28
5748SoftBank seeks greater clout in global ride-hailing market Japanese group in taGlenn Petersen-November 22
5747Boston Dynamics CEO Believes Robotics Will Become “Bigger Than the Internet” byGlenn Petersen-November 18
5746SoftBank Plans Up to $25 Billion in Saudi Investments By Dinesh Nair, Ruth DaviGlenn Petersen-November 15
5745Softbank is still waiting to close on its acquisition of Boston Dynamics: BostoGlenn Petersen-November 13
5744Uber Approves SoftBank’s Multi-Billion Dollar Investment Offer By Eric NewcomeGlenn Petersen-November 12
5743SoftBank increases Vision Fund size Dan Primack Axios November 6, 2017 Japan&#Glenn Petersen1November 6
5742The Sprint/T-Mobile deal may be on again: T-Mobile makes Sprint new offer in hoGlenn Petersen-November 2
5741SoftBank ‘definitely’ in talks with Charter about merger By Josh Kosman and RicGlenn Petersen1November 2
5740SoftBank calling off talks to merge Sprint, T-Mobile Clash over control of combGlenn Petersen-October 30
5739Thanks. I guess this is more scary than I thought. I agree with sentiments in thJurgis Bekepuris-October 24
5738Softbank has actually contributed $28 billion of its own capital to the fund, inGlenn Petersen1October 24
5737Yeah, I think SoftBank is overpaying for a bunch of companies it invests into. HJurgis Bekepuris-October 24
5736SoftBank's big checks are stalling tech IPOs He ather Somerville Reuters OcGlenn Petersen-October 23
5735I can't argue with what you said. :)Jurgis Bekepuris-October 22
5734And neither are Sardar Biglari and Eddie Lampert (Sears/Kmart). At least MasayosGlenn Petersen-October 21
5733SoftBank is not Berkshire Hathaway of technology.Jurgis Bekepuris-October 21
5732SoftBank Is the Berkshire Hathaway of Technology, Bernstein Says By Julie VerhaGlenn Petersen-October 21
5731SoftBank says it could invest as much as $880 billion(!) in tech That’s not a tGlenn Petersen-October 20
5730SoftBank deals held up before US security regulator Series of deals delayed befGlenn Petersen-October 18
5729$100 billion is not enough — SoftBank is in talks to raise a second giant tech fGlenn Petersen-October 17
5728SoftBank: Japan’s FANG Play The firm shows up in many of today’s big deals, andGlenn Petersen-October 15
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