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SoftBank Group founder and Chairman Masayoshi Son is investing big in everything from ride-sharing startups to co-working spaces.
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Visionary or daredevil? Masayoshi Son's big bets reshape tech landscape

Backed by a $96 billion war chest, SoftBank founder outspends the competition

HENNY SENDER, Nikkei Asian Review columnist, and TAKASHI SUGIMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | China

HONG KONG/TOKYO -- Two years after the onset of the Asian financial crisis in 1997, a group of foreign investors set their sights on Korea First Bank, a teetering institution that had been nationalized. Among the risk-hungry investors was the Asian arm of Texas Pacific Group, the private equity firm. Another was SoftBank Group founder Masayoshi Son.

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