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SoftBank

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SoftBank

Founded by Masayoshi Son in 1981 as a software and media publisher, SoftBank was worth an estimated $180 billion by the late 1990s before it lost 99 percent of its value during the dot-com bust. But Son, known widely as “Masa,” who reportedly lost $70 billion himself, managed to salvage the company by betting big on Japan’s broadband market. He is now the richest man in Japan.

SoftBank is thought to be transforming the world of venture capital through its $97.7 billion Vision Fund. Since launching in May, the fund — the world’s largest corporate venture capital fund — has invested north of $19 billion in 16 companies ranging from robotics to ride-sharing to real estate. After pouring $4.4 billion into WeWork, a shared-office space company, in August — and now pledging another big sum to Compass — SoftBank may be seeing real estate as the next big thing.


06/18/18
...Fortress Investment Group, the Midtown-based investment manager that SoftBank acquired for $3.3 billion last December. That all-cash deal took the 20-year-old firm private after...

06/14/18
...a London conference, Rajeev Misra, the head of SoftBank’s Vision Fund, revealed that WeWork is looking to raise money at a $35 billion...

06/14/18
...valuation. Sources told the Wall Street Journal that SoftBank, which previously invested $4.4 billion with the co-working company, is considering another multibillion-dollar investment that...

06/14/18
...funding round. Existing investors Bain Capital Ventures and Softbank Capital joined the most recent round. The flurry of activity follows a three-year hiatus...

06/13/18
...a $35 billion valuation, according Rajeev Misra, head of SoftBank’s Vision Fund. "A year ago, we were told that WeWork was overvalued at...

...Fortress Investment Group, the Midtown-based investment manager that SoftBank acquired for $3.3 billion last December. That all-cash deal took the 20-year-old firm private after...


05/22/18
...estate technology platform Cadre is in talks with SoftBank Group for an investment of at least $100 million. Representatives for the SoftBank Vision Fund...

05/22/18
...The company, which last year raised $4.4 billion from SoftBank at a $20 billion valuation, recently announced a partnership deal with major brokerage firms that...

05/16/18
...rather the impact of a behemoth such as SoftBank, which has invested tens of millions in firms like Compass. SoftBank’s strategy, she...

05/16/18
...to Bloomberg. As the founder and chief of SoftBank Group, Son pooled money from sovereign wealth funds in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi...

05/15/18
...which have become increasingly less brokerage-friendly. "I think Softbank is going to affect our commission splits," she said of Compass's big backer, noting...

05/10/18
...it to the mobile internet joint venture Bharti SoftBank in 2012. In his spare time, he co-developed the 13-unit condo building East of East...

05/08/18
...valued at $20 billion following a $4.4 billion investment by Softbank, is hungry for more money. The co-working firm raised more than $700 million in a...

05/07/18
...his 10 percent stake in Uber to Japan’s Softbank, whose investment valued the company at $48 billion. After helping disrupt then forever change the...

05/06/18
...up e-commerce capabilities. Flipkart has received backing from SoftBank Group, Tencent Holdings and Microsoft, and inside sources reported on Friday that its board...

05/03/18
...company announced a $865 million funding round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund. Soros Fund Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are also...

05/02/18
...has raised $775 million to date, including $450 million from SoftBank. And the influx of venture capital into the brokerage world extends beyond just that...

...has raised $775 million to date, including $450 million from SoftBank. And the influx of venture capital into the brokerage world extends beyond just that...

...it to the mobile internet joint venture Bharti SoftBank in 2012. In his spare time, he co-developed the 13-unit condo building East of East...

04/27/18
...pushing for more with a $4.4 billion investment from SoftBank. But not everyone's feeling bullish on the company. "We cannot get comfortable with the...

04/26/18
...punctuated by a $550 million infusion of capital from SoftBank and Fidelity Investments. The venture-backed firm is now valued at $2.2 billion, giving it significant...

04/26/18
...billion and bolstered by a $4 billion investment from Softbank, WeWork has sought to expand its portfolio of co-working spaces internationally, including the purchase...

04/26/18
...venture that stands out from the rest is SoftBank’s $3.3 billion all-cash purchase of Fortress Investment Group — a major Manhattan property investor and...

04/24/18
...Last year, the growing brokerage raised $450 million from Softbank, a deal that will supercharge that growth. Following the investment, Compass was valued at...
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