SoftBank Splurges on Supercell, Eyes Brightstar

Masayoshi Son is the founder and largest shareholder of SoftBank, Japan's third-biggest mobile internet provider Photograph by Akio Kon/Bloomberg

After inking a dozen deals in the past year, Masayoshi Son isn’t finished. The president of SoftBank, Son is a serial acquirer, having made investments in more than 1,000 companies, including Zynga, BuzzFeed, and Alibaba over the course of his career. Still, it’s safe to say that many Americans had never heard of him until last year, when SoftBank launched a friendly takeover bid for Sprint. After fending off a rival offer from Dish Network, Son concluded the $21.6 billion deal for the American telecom operator over the summer.

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