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.
SoftBank Capital is a multi-stage corporate venture capital company from Tokyo that funds disruptive and enduring businesses. Founded in 1995, it invests in seed, private equity, early stage and late stage ventures. It typically invests in Series B, Series C, Series A, and other stages. Its portfolio companies include CyberArk Software, ACV, Grab, Reonomy and Ola.
This company manages $600 million across three funds and invest across a company’s lifecycle, from early to growth stages. Since 1995, SoftBank Capital has partnered with internet pioneers such as Criteo, Gilt Groupe, OMGPOP (Zynga), betaworks, BuzzFeed, Buddy Media (Salesforce.com), Huffington Post (AOL), Associated Content (Yahoo!), Danger (Microsoft), Geocities (Yahoo!), E*Trade and Yahoo!.
Funding Rounds Participated In
FY2020 Business Report
June 22, 2021
SoftBank Group Earnings Results Highlights for FY2021/Q3
February 15, 2022
The Digest Version Of "Next 30-Year Vision"
March 1, 2021
April 21, 2020
Venture Capital Firm attributes
- SoftBank Vision FundSoftBank Vision Fund is a subsidiary of SoftBank focused on investing in technology companies. It is located in London, England and was founded in 2017.
- Boston DynamicsAn engineering and robotics design company founded in 1992 and headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. The company is engaged in the creation of robots and the development of software to simulate human behavior. Among the clients are SpaceX and the US Army.