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SoftBank Is Cutting More Deals With Fewer Staff Than Ever

  • SoftBank’s Vision Fund made 115 new investments this year
  • Vision Fund 2 portfolio grew fivefold in less than nine months
Masayoshi Son
Masayoshi SonPhotographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
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Masayoshi Son has sharply accelerated the pace of his startup investments this year, quintupling the number of companies in his Vision Fund 2 portfolio in less than nine months. 

The founder of SoftBank Group Corp. has cut 115 deals this year, according to Bloomberg calculations based on data released by the company. That is more than the combined number of deals the first Vision Fund made since its start in 2017, showing Son remains confident in his investing capability despite blunders with office-sharing service WeWork and financier Greensill.