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Masayoshi Son lost a great deal when WeWork opted not to go public and proceeded to implode. The dream of $40 billion. Ten billion actual dollars. His sense of whimsy. But one thing that is not often mentioned in the list was one of his more audacious plans (and that is saying something): another IPO that wasn’t to be, for his flagship $100 billion Vision Fund. And, really, in the context of Son’s oeuvre, it should be, because a publicly-traded Vision Fund might actually have been a more spectacular disaster than a publicly-traded WeWork.

SoftBank Group Corp. said it expected its Vision Fund to log an investment loss of ¥1.8 trillion ($16.6 billion) in the fiscal year just ended…. SoftBank didn’t specify which investments were responsible for the Vision Fund’s ¥1.8 trillion investment loss in the year ended March 31.

Does it really have to?

SoftBank Expects Nearly $17 Billion Loss on Tech-Focused Vision Fund [WSJ]


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Masa Son’s Unicorns Were Actually Lemmings

The last year really could have gone somewhat better for SoftBank.

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SoftBank Vision CFO Promises Plenty Of WeWorks, Ubers Going Forward

Navneet Govil’s got 250 potential catastrophes on his hands.

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Well, That Was Fast

Masa Son wastes no time getting back to wheeling and dealing (and maybe self-dealing).

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Wily Masa Son Made Damned Sure He Wouldn’t Have To Throw Away Another $3 Billion On WeWork

In his latest piece of financial performance art, Masa Son is getting sued by himself.


WeWork Changes Name In Obvious Attempt To Confuse SoftBank Into Giving It More Money

With the spigot from Masa Son turning off slowly, WeWork's self-adoration takes a dark turn.


Masayoshi Son’s Vision Pays Off

But he should really take a step back from the casino.

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Of Course WeWork Is In Talks With Some SPACs

We can only hope one of them is Masa Son’s.

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Compensation/Resignation Watch ’21: SoftBank Nos. 2

Marcelo Claure is ready for his reward, or to send the stock tanking even further. Your choice, Masa.