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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.


10/22/18
...at $4.4 billion following its latest round, led by SoftBank and Qatar Investment Authority...

10/22/18
...The Saudis, meanwhile, are the largest investor in SoftBank Group’s $100 billion Vision Fund, which has poured huge sums of money into WeWork...

10/20/18
...Area belongs to the nine-acre Woodside estate that SoftBank head Masayoshi Son bought for $117.5 million in 2012. The runner-up is the Los Altos Hill...

10/20/18
...is receiving a helping hand from its backer, SoftBank, which is Japan’s second-largest company. “When you are a newcomer and a US...

10/19/18
...Clockwise from top left: Softbank share prices sink as Saudi Arabia is implicated in Jamal Khashoggi’s death, Sears...

10/18/18
...his role. WeWork is also in talks with SoftBank for an investment that could reach $20 billion...

10/18/18
...estate companies raking in fresh capital. Last month, SoftBank’s Vision Fund invested $400 million in home-flipping company Opendoor. Meanwhile brokerage giant Compass announced...

10/18/18
...departure comes as WeWork is in talks with SoftBank for an investment that could total $20 billion. Lapidus, who had been with the company...

10/17/18
...ever since. When Bloomberg reported in May that SoftBank’s Vision Fund, which is backed by the Saudi Arabian government, was in talks...

10/16/18
...in the wake of last month's investment by SoftBank and Qatar Investment Authority last month. The document lays out a hypothetical scenario in...

10/16/18
...square feet at 511 West 25th Street in Chelsea. SoftBank is reportedly in talks to take a majority stake in WeWork, which could be...

10/15/18
...bin Salman in New York (Credit: Getty Images) SoftBank Group’s shares sank Monday amid investor concerns that the firm’s ties to...

10/12/18
...Clockwise from top left: SoftBank could buy a majority stake in WeWork according to a report, Sears hires advisers...

10/12/18
...became the largest office tenant in Manhattan, and SoftBank is reportedly in talks to take a majority stake in the company.  – Eddie Small...

10/11/18
...the Wall Street Journal reported that Masa Son's SoftBank was in discussions to take a majority stake in WeWork. The Real Deal's senior...

10/10/18
...Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and WeWork CEO Adam Neumann (Credit: Getty Images) SoftBank is in...

10/09/18
...to $1.2 billion. The Series F was led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund and Qatar Investment Authority. Compass said the fund would help accelerate...

10/09/18
...after a $400 million round last month led by SoftBank and Qatar Investment Authority. Campbell put it this way: “People are fearful that a...

10/08/18
...Son and Mohammed bin Salman (Credit: Getty Images) SoftBank’s second Vision Fund already has one major investor. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment...

...ever since. When Bloomberg reported in May that SoftBank’s Vision Fund, which is backed by the Saudi Arabian government, was in talks...

10/01/18
...Wellness” gym. The company, which is backed by SoftBank and reportedly seeking new funds at a $35 billion valuation, is now Manhattan’s largest...

09/28/18
...news of Compass’ $400 million funding round led by SoftBank and Qatar Investment Authority, sources close to the company said it is looking to...

09/27/18
...own program, cataLIST Cash Offer. And on Thursday, Softbank said it had invested $400 million in Opendoor through its Vision Fund. Each program is...


09/27/18
...of real estate tech startups with backing from SoftBank. The Japanese conglomerate's Vision Fund just invested $400 million in the home-flipping company, Opendoor announced...