Japanese tech giant SoftBank has billions of dollars at its disposal to fund and acquire 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 has also announced commitments of $108 billion for its second Vision Fund, with backing from Apple, Microsoft, and a number of Japanese banks, and sovereign wealth funds.
SoftBank has backed or bought a long list of established tech firms such as Nvidia, Slack, Uber, and ARM. It's also backed less well-known startups, like satellite internet firm OneWeb, Indian ecommerce company Paytm, and farming startup Plenty. Most of the money has gone to companies in Europe, Asia, and North America.
SoftBank is the biggest investor in the We Company, the embattled coworking business. SoftBank's Son and Adam Neumann — the company's recently ousted CEO— once had a close personal relationship, but the Japanese investor was one of the first to call for Neumann to step down when the company's IPO plans started falling apart.
Here's a running list of SoftBank's investments, based on how much the firm has put into in each company: