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Masayoshi Son Is Now Down $4 Billion on His SoftBank Side Deals

  • CEO set up the arrangement to increase his compensation
  • Son’s pay is 100 million yen a year, or roughly $740,000
Masayoshi Son 
Masayoshi Son Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Masayoshi Son has now lost more than $4 billion on a series of side deals he set up at SoftBank Group Corp. to boost his compensation, a painful blow triggered by the broad downturn in the technology market. 

The Japanese billionaire took the unusual step of establishing personal stakes in a series of SoftBank ventures in recent years, a mixing of company and executive interests that drew the ire of investors. Son holds 17.25% of a vehicle set up under SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 for its unlisted holdings, as well as 17.25% of a unit within its Latin America fund, which also invests in startups. He has a 33% stake in SB Northstar, a vehicle set up at the company to trade stocks and derivatives.