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SoftBank to maintain stake in Arm after partial sale

Tech investor keeps IPO option and weighs Nvidia investment

SoftBank chief Masayoshi Son has shown confidence about the growth potential of Arm.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- SoftBank Group plans to maintain a stake in U.K. chip designer Arm, which has formed the core of its strategic investments in artificial intelligence, even if it sells a partial interest to Nvidia or through an initial public offering, Nikkei has leaned.

SoftBank was already considering an IPO of Arm in the next few years when it was approached by Nvidia last month, according to sources. A sale would not be part of SoftBank's current $41 billion asset monetization program, which it has already made progress by selling shares in U.S. carrier T-Mobile and other companies. 

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