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SoftBank's founder Masayoshi Son misses out on Amazon stake by $30 million

Amazon's market value is now more than $860 billion


Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank
Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank

Group founder Masayoshi Son, famous for his early investment in China’s top e-commerce company, also had the chance to own a big stake in com — but he missed out over $30 million.

Son, speaking at the Milken Institute conference in Tokyo, said he was close to striking a deal to acquire 30 per cent of the US e-commerce pioneer with Chief Executive Officer in its early years. Son offered $100 million, but Bezos insisted on $130 million. It’s not that Son thought the stock wasn’t worth it; he just didn’t have the money.

“We were laughing about it when I met him again recently,” Son said. “It’s a big mistake that I didn’t make that investment. I just didn’t have enough cash. But my image, my vision was right.”

Amazon’s market value is now more than $860 billion, meaning that stake would be worth about $260 billion. SoftBank’s stake in China’s Alibaba Group Holding is now worth 14.5 trillion yen ($132 billion).

First Published: Mon, March 25 2019. 21:43 IST