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SoftBank lost a lot of money over the past 12 months. The Japanese giant's founder and CEO Masayoshi Son today told analysts on a conference call marking the end of its fiscal 2022 year that the SoftBank group as a whole lost $13.15 billion. Its two Vision Funds, which account for 50 percent of SoftBank's net asset value, …

  1. sreynolds Silver badge

    Its always been about quality....

    When to governments keep on giving away money it hard to lose. But when the printing presses stop the money heads for quality.

  2. tomgid

    The only business that actually has substantial value, apart from the other techy startups the SoftBank Group has invested of which many of them haven't even reached the summit of the burning phase, and generate cash flow from outside Japan now carries meaning more than as a mere investment portfolio.

    They're not going to surrender their shares in ARM so easily from now on as it became the girder of the fragile bloated group. Mismanagement will continue. Such a great misfortune for the semiconductor industry.

  3. DS999 Silver badge

    If they were previously making investments "randomly"

    The only reason they had any success was the market as a whole going up. Doesn't bode well for their ability to navigate a bear market.

    1. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

      Re: If they were previously making investments "randomly"

      There are a lot of bunglers in the finance world. The City of London is full of them. They effectively gamble with other people's money. When they succeed it's celebrations all round, when they fail they say it's the market which is doing badly rather than them.

      It's a humungous amount of money to lose. I wonder where it all went.

    2. julian.smith

      Re: If they were previously making investments "randomly"

      "When the tide goes out, you can see who's been swimming naked" W Buffett

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Ah, to have $27 billion to waste

    Hey guys ! You can waste $1 billion on me if you want !

  5. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

    How shocking...

    ... that the tech bubble is popping. Who could have predicted this?

    I did enjoy Son's bit about "we will proceed with procedures of Arm's IPO", though. Looking forward to processing the proceedings of those procedures as the proceed; should be quite a procession.

    1. Insert sadsack pun here Silver badge

      Re: How shocking...

      Hopefully they don't do the needful only after proceeding with the presently-prospective procedures, because we all know that the proper process prescribes that actioning the necessary should precede any proceeding with procedures.

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