Masayoshi Son founded SoftBank Group in 1981 and comes from humble beginnings. Growing up on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu he was bullied as a child, because his family had come from Korea. Now he is one of the most respected leaders in the investment community having recently announced the $100 Billion Vision Fund. Estimated to be worth $18 Billion by Bloomberg, Masayoshi has backed some of the biggest names in Tech including Uber, Didi Chuxing, WeWork, Slack and Grab. The secret to his investment style is gun-senryaku, a Japanese expression that describes the way a flock of birds flies together. His hope, he says, is that portfolio companies will help one another and head off copycats. In Southeast Asia, for instance, SoftBank has encouraged Grab to form joint ventures with a handful of portfolio companies to help those startups break into the region. #startups #investments #venturecapital #privateequity AsiaAdvisoryMasayoshiSon

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