Masayoshi Son

About Masayoshi Son

Who is it?: CEO, Softbank
Birth Day: August 11, 1957
Birth Place: Tosu, Saga Prefecture, Japan, Japan
Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Alma mater: Holy Names University (transferred) University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)
Occupation: Founder & CEO of SoftBank

Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son was born on August 11, 1957 in Tosu, Saga Prefecture, Japan, Japan, is CEO, Softbank. Japan's richest man, Son founded and runs SoftBank, a mobile telecom and investment firm. In December 2016, Son promised Donald Trump that SoftBank would lead a $50 billion investment from the "SoftBank Vision Fund" into U.S. firms. Saudi Arabia's government is the biggest investor in the SoftBank Vision Fund; it may invest as much as $45 billion over five years. Apple, chip firm Qualcomm, contract manufacturing firm Foxconn, and the family office of Larry Ellison are investors in the Vision Fund. SoftBank acquired struggling U.S. mobile phone carrier Sprint Nextel for $22 billion in 2013.
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Popular As Masayoshi Son
Occupation Telecom
Age 66 years old
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Born August 11, 1957 (Tosu, Saga Prefecture, Japan, Japan)
Birthday August 11
Town/City Tosu, Saga Prefecture, Japan, Japan
Nationality Japan

🌙 Zodiac

Masayoshi Son’s zodiac sign is Virgo. According to astrologers, Virgos are always paying attention to the smallest details and their deep sense of humanity makes them one of the most careful signs of the zodiac. Their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is left to chance, and although they are often tender, their heart might be closed for the outer world. This is a sign often misunderstood, not because they lack the ability to express, but because they won’t accept their feelings as valid, true, or even relevant when opposed to reason. The symbolism behind the name speaks well of their nature, born with a feeling they are experiencing everything for the first time.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Masayoshi Son was born in the Year of the Rooster. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

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Son graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics in 1980, and started Unison in Oakland, California, which has since been bought by Kyocera. Son decided to use his Korean-style surname Son when he came back to Japan to become a role model for ethnic Korean children there.


Son was an early investor in internet firms, buying a share of Yahoo! in 1995 and investing $20 Million in the Ali Baba stake in 1999. Although SoftBank's stake in Yahoo! had dwindled to 7%, Son established Yahoo! BroadBand in September 2001 with Yahoo! Japan in which he still owned a controlling interest. After a severe devaluation of SoftBank's equity, Son was forced to focus his attention on Yahoo! BB and BB Phone. So far, SoftBank has accumulated about $1.3 billion in debt. Yet, Yahoo! BB acquired Japan Telecom, the then third largest broadband and landline provider with 600,000 residential and 170,000 commercial subscribers. Yahoo! BB is now Japan's leading broadband provider.


On March 17, 2006, Vodafone Group announced it had agreed to sell Vodafone K.K. to SoftBank for approximately 1.75 trillion Japanese yen (approximately US$15.1 billion). On April 14, 2006, SoftBank and Vodafone K. K. jointly announced, that the brand and company name Vodafone will be changed to a "new, easy-to-understand and familiar company name and brand". Masayoshi Son is the CEO (Representative Director) of Vodafone K. K.


In 2011 Masayoshi Son pledged to donate 10 billion yen ($120 million) and his remaining salary until retirement to help support victims of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.


Son was named the world's 45th most powerful person by Forbes Magazine's List of The World's Most Powerful People in 2013.


In July 2016 SoftBank announced its plan to acquire ARM Holdings for £23.4 billion ($31.4 billion) which had to be the biggest ever purchase of a European Technology company. In September 2016 SoftBank announced that the transaction is complete. The total acquisition price was approximately £24 billion ($31 billion).

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