SoftBank's Masayoshi Son to face shareholders shaken by $34 bn loss

Shareholders looking for signs of recovery see a portfolio awash with red instead

Masayoshi Son, Softbank, Japan

With SoftBank’s own financial health on the line, shareholder confidence is near a breaking point, said Mio Kato of LightStream Research.

Min Jeong Lee and Takahiko Hyuga | Bloomberg
SoftBank Group Corp. founder Masayoshi Son is used to praise and encouragement from shareholders. But the company’s loss of $34 billion in market value over the last year is a test for even his most faithful admirers when they gather for the annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday.

Investors stuck by Son when SoftBank announced a holding company strategy in 2015 to hive out its staid but profitable domestic telecom business to become the world’s largest investor in volatile tech startups. When the Vision Fund booked an $18 billion loss on investments like WeWork and Uber Technologies Inc. in 2020, they pointed to Son’s ability to win thousands-fold returns on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. When Son preached patience as the stock

First Published: Jun 23 2022 | 07:52 AM IST

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