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Japan's SoftBank Says It Could Invest as Much As $880 Billion in Tech

Friday October 20, 2017. 07:20 PM , from Slashdot
Japan's SoftBank Says It Could Invest as Much As $880 Billion in Tech
SoftBank could commit as much as $880 billion to tech investments in the coming years, a gargantuan, unprecedented amount of cash that would amount to a seismic shift in tech-sector finance. From a report: 'The Vision Fund was just the first step, 10 trillion yen ($88 billion) is simply not enough,' CEO Masayoshi Son said in an interview with The Nikkei Asian Review that was published late Thursday. 'We will briskly expand the scale. Vision Funds 2, 3 and 4 will be established every two to three years.' Son's comment confirms a Recode report that his Vision Fund -- which is sinking $100 billion into the technology sector worldwide -- was only the first in a series of investments that he plans to make in young companies. 'We are creating a mechanism to increase our funding ability from 10 trillion yen to 20 trillion yen to 100 trillion yen,' Son told the outlet. That comes out to about $880 billion. Companies that SoftBank either completely owns or has major or minor stakes in include Vodafone Japan, Yahoo! Japan, India's Snapdeal, India's Ola, Sprint Corporation, and India's Flipkart. The company is expected to become a major stake holder in Uber as soon as next week.

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