Meet Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder of SoftBank and one of the richest men in Japan, who has a $16.3 billion fortune and owns a $117.5 million Silicon Valley estate
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Masayoshi Son is the founder and CEO of Japanese holding company SoftBank.
Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of Japanese holding company SoftBank, is worth an estimated $16.3 billion, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index.
That makes him the second-richest person in Japan after Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai.Advertisement
Through SoftBank and his $100 billion Vision Fund, Son invests millions in some of Silicon Valley's biggest tech companies,
including Uber, WeWork, Slack, and DoorDash.
Here's a look at Son's life, career, investments, and real-estate portfolio.
Son was born in 1957 to Korean immigrants on the Japanese island of Kyushu.
In 1972, when he was 16, Son met one of his idols: McDonald's Japan founder Den Fujita, who encouraged him to go study in the United States.Advertisement
Son went on to study computer science and economics at the University of California at Berkeley.
In the 1980s, Son founded SoftBank, a company that today pours billions of dollars of capital into tech startups, including through its $100 billion Vision Fund.Advertisement
Son's investment strategies are considered unconventional in Silicon Valley.
The SoftBank CEO is known for paying his executives handsomely.
He also owns a $117.5 million Silicon Valley estate that comes with a 9,000-square-foot house, a 1,117-square-foot pool house, a detached library, a swimming pool, a tennis court, and formal gardens.
Son is married with two children but keeps his family life private.Advertisement
Son's younger brother, Taizo Son, is also a billionaire.
The SoftBank CEO reportedly has personal relationships with billionaire CEOs and entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Rupert Murdoch, and Tadashi Yanai.Advertisement
Son reportedly has a close relationship with WeWork's cofounder and CEO, Adam Neumann.
The SoftBank CEO has also publicly met with President Donald Trump on a few separate occasions, including at Trump Tower in New York a month after Trump was elected.Advertisement
In May 2019, SoftBank announced the creation of a second $100 billion Vision Fund, after having already spent more than half of the first one.
Despite paying his executives billions and donating his salary to earthquake victims, Son continues to grow richer.Advertisement