No. 10: Masayoshi Son (SoftBank)

Aided by far-sighted early bets (notably on Alibaba in 2000), Masayoshi Son has risen to become the king of disruptive investment.

Aided by far-sighted early bets (notably on Alibaba in 2000), Masayoshi Son has risen to become the king of disruptive investment.


Year took up current function: 1981

 

Sector: Finance

 

Turnover in 2018: $11.6bn

 

Growth in 2018: 40%

 

 

SoftBank, which started out in the computer parts and software business, has, thanks to his Vision Fund, has become a major player in the world of investment. The company has invested heavily in the digital economy since the dot.com bubble. In 1996 Jerry Yang, the head of 90s internet company-par-excellence, Yahoo, entrusted Son with the launch of the Japanese version of the search engine. The market had always proved tough to crack for Western companies and Yang’s strategy was rewarded. Today, SoftBank increasingly invests in AI, e-commerce and advanced human prosthetics.      

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