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'I had a chance to invest in Amazon, Google and Baidu': SoftBank's Son

Billionaire 'embarrassed' by failures, but confident in Uber and WeWork

SoftBank Group chief Masayoshi Son, 62, fears that Japan could end up a forgotten island nation. (Photo by Kazusato Murata)

TOKYO -- SoftBank Group Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son laments missed chances to invest in and Google while they were smaller players and says he is embarrassed by his businesses' paltry growth compared with the tech giants.

But the global technology investor is convinced that the future belongs to disrupters and expressed confidence in two of his more recent investments: Uber Technologies and WeWork.

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