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Horse racing, salmon roe and Masayoshi Son's 300-year thoughts

Here's the story of the ideas behind SoftBank's $100bn fund with Saudi Arabia

TAKASHI SUGIMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Is Masayoshi Son an investor or an entrepreneur?

Behind all the headline-grabbing deals and actions -- the acquisitions of U.S. mobile carrier Sprint and U.K. chip designer ARM Holdings and an early meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump -- the chief executive of Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank Group has deep insight drawn from two unlikely sources: horse racing and salmon. 

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