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SoftBank's Son searches for tech's next big thing

Inveterate businessman leverages $93bn war chest to plot carrier's next stage

SoftBank Group chief Masayoshi Son, left, established a charitable foundation last year to support young talent.

TOKYO -- The massive venture capital fund spearheaded by Japan's SoftBank Group and Saudi Arabia that shook up the tech world has spent its first two months operating largely under the radar. But its obscure bets offer clues to the direction that SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son hopes to take.

Son appeared in good spirits Friday throughout a ceremony here held by the Masayoshi Son Foundation, lauding 45 young people selected to receive support from the organization. But when asked by reporters about the SoftBank Vision Fund, he responded with a piercing look. "I'll be a businessman till I die," he declared.

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