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Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son

Only 19 when he sold his first company to Sharp for US$1.7 million, Son, now 57, founded Softbank, Japan’s largest mobile carrier. A savvy investor, the long-time friend of Alibaba’s Jack Ma, holds a 32-percent stake in the Chinese e-commerce giant as well as a controlling stake in US telecom Sprint, where he is taking an active role in planning its network densification project. Other recent investments have been in movie production and robotics. Launched for sale in June, 1,000 units of the group’s humanoid Pepper robot sold out within a minute.