SoftBank's running list of deals shows the Japanese company is one of the biggest, craziest investors in tech right now
- SoftBank has invested hundred of millions of dollars in technology-forward companies since 2008.
- The telecommunication company's portfolio includes acquisitions of big names like Boston Dynamics and ARM, and big investments in companies like Slack, SoFi, and the We Company.
- Here's a list of SoftBank's technology investments over the years.
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Japanese tech giant SoftBank has hundreds of millions on hand to be able to acquire and fund high-profile companies.
The massive corporation - led by Masayoshi Son, Japan's richest man - makes investments through the SoftBank Group and its $100 billion SoftBank Vision Fund. SoftBank is also in the process of pursuing a second $100 billion fund, although the company is reportedly having trouble finding investors.SoftBank has backed or bought a host of established tech firms such as Nvidia, the We Company, Slack, Uber, and ARM. It's also backed less well-known startups, like satellite internet firm OneWeb, Indian e-commerce company Paytm, and farming startup Plenty. Most of the money has gone to companies in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Here's a running list of SoftBank's investments, based on how much the firm has put into in each company: