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WGL05.19-Masayoshi SonWGL05.19-Masayoshi Son
Masayoshi Son, chairman and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp., speaks during the Milken Institute Japan Symposium in Tokyo, Japan on March 25, 2019. Kiyoshi Ota—Bloomberg via Getty Images
Masayoshi Son, chairman and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp., speaks during the Milken Institute Japan Symposium in Tokyo, Japan on March 25, 2019. , Kiyoshi Ota—Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • Title
    CEO
  • Affiliation
    SoftBank

Son has become a tech kingmaker. He upended venture capitalism in 2016 by launching the $100 billion Vision Fund, and his backing often proves ­pivotal in battles between rival startups. Son personally vets CEOs of potential portfolio companies and spurs them to scale up dramatically, even if profit is elusive. Ride sharing as we know it might not exist without his avid backing of Uber, Grab, and Didi Chuxing.

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