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Almost everyone at SoftBank thinks going private is a bad idea, except Son

Preliminary work on a buyout got under way after a record drop in SoftBank shares in March, but the effort was later tabled as the stock price more than doubled with asset sales

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SoftBank | SoftBank Capital | Masayoshi Son

Pavel Alpeyev | Bloomberg 



SoftBank Group Corp Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Reuters
Son’s urge to go private dates back to the initial public offering of Alibaba in late 2014.

Inside Group Corp., the idea of going private through a buyout has been discussed off and on for at least five years. Almost everyone except founder opposes it, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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First Published: Mon, October 05 2020. 07:19 IST

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