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Masayoshi Son’s Softbank has shaken up the investment world with record-breaking $100 billion fund that’s gambling on big stakes in fast-growing tech-driven companies.

The founder of Softbank, a Japanese telecoms and internet firm, has been aggressively buying up the most promising technology startups in the world.

Named the Vision Fund, it will focus on companies that deploy artificial intelligence and machine learning to supercharge every industry from transportation to financial services.

Some of Softbank’s key investment includes a $4.4B stake in WeWork, the co-working space provider, $9.3B in Uber, the transportation network company, $8.2B purchase of ARM Holdings, the mobile, and AI Chip company and many more.

In case you’re losing track of the SoftBank’s dizzying array of bets, here is a complete overview:

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Softbank Vision Fund

First announced in October 2016, its one of the largest technology funds in history.
Son has currently raised $100B.

He plans to raise $100B for a new fund every few years called Vision Fund 2, 3 and 4 and investing $50B a year in startups.

Softbank Minimum Investment

$100M – The Vision Fund will only make a $100M minimum investment in late-stage growth companies with a focus on artificial intelligence, IoT and robotics.

10 Years – A minimum investment horizon of 10 years

The Key Investor’s In Softbank Vision Fund

  • $45B  Saudi Arabia
  • $15B UAE
  • $25B SoftBank
  • Larry Ellison’s family office*
  • Apple*
  • Qualcomm*
  • Foxconn*

*The Vision Fund has closed contributions of $1B or less

Vision Fund Portfolio

Transportation

  • Uber  $9.3B
  • GM Cruise  $2.3B
  • Nuro $0.9B
  • Doordash  $0.5B
  • Nauto* $0.2B
  • Real Estate
  • WeWork** $4.4B
  • Katerra $0.9B
  • Compass $0.5B
  • OYO $0.3B

Financial Services

  • Paytm $1.9B
  • SoFi* $1.0B
  • ZhongAn $0.5B
  • Ping An Good Doctor $0.4B

Healthcare

  • Ping An Healthcare Technology $1.2B
  • Roivant $1.1B
  • Fanatics $1.0B
  • Vir $0.5B
  • Guardant Health $0.4B
  • Software
  • Improbable* $0.5B
  • Slack $0.3B
  • Mapbox $0.2B
  • Brain Corp. $0.1B

Commerce

  • Flipkart $2.5B
  • Auto1 $0.6B
  • Wag $0.3B

Other

  • ARM Holdings* $8.2B
  • Plenty $0.2B
  • OneWeb* $1.2B

Softbank Infographic Source

https://www.recode.net/2018/2/5/16974032/this-is-where-chart-softbank-vision-fund-masayoshi-son-venture-capital

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-27/softbank-s-100-billion-vision-fund-is-run-by-these-10-men

https://www.fastcompany.com/90285552/the-most-powerful-person-in-silicon-valley

https://www.cbinsights.com/research-softbank-investment-tracker

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/31/who-is-masayoshi-son.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-10-11/the-david-rubenstein-show-masayoshi-son-video

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesasia/2018/05/02/serial-entrepreneur-taizo-son-has-a-welcoming-laboratory-for-his-high-tech-ideas/#507e72056820

https://www.forbes.com/profile/taizo-son/#62337a751c9b

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KC Cheung
KC Cheung
KC Cheung has over 18 years experience in the technology industry including media, payments, and software and has a keen interest in artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, neural networks and its applications in business. Over the years he has worked with some of the leading technology companies, building and growing dynamic teams in a fast moving international environment.
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