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Look out Google, SoftBank's Son wants to be a 'platformer,' too

Japanese tycoon -- like AT&T's boss -- aims to transcend telecoms for IT primacy

SoftBank Group Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son

TOKYO -- When SoftBank Group Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son found himself in a meeting with Saudi Arabian King Salman and U.S. President Donald Trump in the king's palace in Riyadh in May, it was all part of a gamble by the Japanese tycoon to take his empire beyond telecommunications and into the realm of the true giants. Think Google, Apple and Amazon.com.  

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