SoftBank Group

SoftBank Group

SoftBank Group is a multinational conglomerate holding company investing in businesses and technologies based in Minato, Tokyo-based company founded in 1981 by Masayoshi Son.

SoftBank Group is a multinational conglomerate holding company investing is business and technologies that is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and was founded in 1981 by Masayoshi Son. The companies global portfolio consists of companies operating in several industries which include: telecommunications, internet services, AI, smart robotics, IoT and clean energy. As of March 31, 2019 Softbank Group has 76,866 employees, 1302 subsidiaries, 423 associates, 26 joint ventures, net sales of $9,602.2 billion, an operating income of $2,353.9 billion, and a net income of $1,411.2 billion. Notable companies held by SoftBank group include: Arm Holdings, Boston Dynamics, Yahoo Japan, Fortress Investment Group, Alibaba, Ola, Renren, Hike, Snapdeal, and WeWork.


Founded as a telecommunications company, SoftBank also runs businesses in e-commerce, finance, broadband, and marketing. SoftBank is headed by chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son.


On September 14, 2020, SoftBank Group announced selling British chip designer Arm Ltd. to Nvidia for up to $40 billion. In 2016, SoftBank Group purchased Arm Ltd. for $32 billion. Nvidia will be paying SoftBank Group with $21.5 billion in common stock and $12 billion in cash, $2 billion of which will be paid at the official signing of the deal. Nvidia will also be issuing $1.5 billion in common stock to Arm employees and SoftBank Group may receive up to $5 billion in common stock or cash depending on the performance of Arm.


September 14, 2020
SoftBank announced deal to sell Arm Ltd. to Nvidia for $40 billion.
July 26, 2019
SoftBank announces AI-focused second $108 billion Vision Fund with LPs including Microsoft, Apple and Foxconn.
December 10, 2018
SoftBank's IPO reaches $23.5 billion
July 12, 2018
SoftBank Group raises a $1,000,000,000 private equity from Tiger Global Management.
October 1, 1984
SoftBank, formerly Japan Telecom Co, LTD, is founded

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March 5, 2021
Sago, a Goldman Sachs alumnus, took the newly created strategy job at SoftBank in 2018.
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January 29, 2021
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Pavel Alpeyev | Bloomberg
January 7, 2021
If demand for IPOs continues to be robust, it would improve the prospects for the remaining 100 or so startups in SoftBanks portfolio
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December 11, 2020
/PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor Group and SoftBank Group Corp. (SoftBank) today agreed on main terms of the transaction pursuant to which Hyundai Motor Group...
Emily Graffeo
December 10, 2020
Reuters/Issei Kato David Gibson of Astris Advisory Japan told CNBC on Thursday Softbank will reap a roughly $10 billion profit from its invest...
Emily Graffeo
December 10, 2020
Reuters/Issei Kato David Gibson of Astris Advisory Japan told CNBC on Thursday Softbank will reap a roughly $10 billion profit from its invest...
Pavel Alpeyev and Giles Turner | Bloomberg
December 9, 2020
Masayoshi Son wouldnt buy more shares himself, but his ownership stake, now about 27 per cent, would increase as other investors sell stock
Pavel Alpeyev
December 9, 2020
One advantage of the plan is that SoftBank wouldn't have to pay a premium unlike in a formal buyout.
Giles Turner and Pavel Alpeyev | Bloomberg
December 2, 2020
SoftBank shareholders balked after SoftBanks foray into derivatives trading was first disclosed in September, cutting the companys market value by as much as $17 billion
Pavel Alpeyev and Takahiko Hyuga | Bloomberg
November 27, 2020
Nomura Holdings raised its target to 9,100 yen from 8,190 yen citing the same reason. Both brokerages have a buy rating on SoftBank.
Alex Wilhelm
November 12, 2020
It's hard to think back to the Vision Fund era today, given the oddities that 2020 has brought. But SoftBank's gravity-bending investment vehicle only stopped investing last September, ending its disbursement of huge blocks of cash from a total committed capital pool worth nearly $99 billion. The Vision Fund was a wrecking ball, smashing into [...]
Pavel Alpeyev | Bloomberg
November 9, 2020
Firm reveals details of controversial derivatives trading
Takahiko Hyuga
November 8, 2020
As Softbank Group Corp. tries to rebuild its reputation as a startup investor, the Japanese conglomerate will be able to point to several recent successes, including an obscure Chinese property startup that pulled off a blockbuster initial public offering.


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