SoftBank: Waiting for the next ‘big idea’

Masayoshi Son has cashed in investments and lost his successor — where now for the Japanese group? Masayoshi Son, the founder and chairman of SoftBank, has big ideas. Big, “crazy ideas”, he says. Now, liberated from the restraining hand of the company’s non-Japanese ex-president, backed by a $40bn war chest and driven by a self-declared zeal, he is free to let those big ideas take shape. The only snag — both for shareholders and for SoftBank’s 63,000 employees — is that no one is quite sure what these big ideas might be or whether Japan’s most adventurous technology company is in any shape to execute them. More On this topic IN The Big Read What investors really want to know is whether Mr Son’s plans can restore some of the…


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