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What is Softbank? | CNBC Explains

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Japanese multinational conglomerate, Softbank is an investing powerhouse, investing in the likes Alibaba and Uber. CNBC's Uptin Saiidi travels to Tokyo to explain how it came to be so massive. ----- Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://cnb.cx/2wuoARM Subscribe to CNBC Life on YouTube: http://cnb.cx/2wAkfMv Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cnbcinternational Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cnbcinternational/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CNBCi
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Kittu V (3 days ago)
1:28 then elected president, CNBC doesn't believe TRUMP WILL AGAIN BE PRESIDENT
Jeff Greenwade (20 hours ago)
What? Why are you guys so deluded and angry? That's a common phrase, dummy.
Vignesh aravind - (4 days ago)
Please do more info videos reg., Japan economy
JBI JBI (4 days ago)
Almost all of the big tech companies are funded by softbank
waterwheel waterwheel (6 days ago)
Softbank is a bank for people with softdicks
Om Bhujade (7 days ago)
This guy is balling like threatened to invest in rivals , mmm as far as I know that's not how investing should work 🙄🙄🙄🙄
LoRd VeNOM (10 days ago)
WOW that how mafia works 2:35
AYL Yi-Huh (10 days ago)
wow i was thinking his last name sounds so peculiar. turns out, he's an ethnic korean
kapil ranjan (12 days ago)
He basically wants to own , the the tech scenario in the next 10-15 years . Ambitious , and he might even pull it off.
yuvraj patil (12 days ago)
SoftBank invested in many Indian growing company, and happily mostly of them have shown high growth after investment by SoftBank
EpicElle7 (13 days ago)
This company will be on Patriot Act by next year
Bipin Bhusal (13 days ago)
No matter who is going up or down the market SoftBank is always winning you can have the example of uber🤷🏼‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️
Ambrose Ho (17 days ago)
masayoshi son is a legend
Ronald Moirangthem (17 days ago)
Full length ads i cant skip
Ptera Zyic (24 days ago)
I love this channel but would love to see various reporters. Gah1
bouhannache abdallah (1 month ago)
Not clear enough for explanation of the concept
Naturally weird (1 month ago)
Fuck this is Iron Bank from GOT
Youfan (1 month ago)
A bank that saves softwares?
seanzscorpio (1 month ago)
Lol, the Japanese still making China. 😂
Master Kid (1 month ago)
The immense power firms like these have is frightening to say the least, literally more powerful than governments.
Miria Reu (1 month ago)
I remember Softbank because of the white doggo advertisements in Japan.
Frank Enriquez (1 month ago)
Softbank also owns 70% of Sprint Corp.
Natura Naturans (1 month ago)
meet tencent
helsinki (1 month ago)
So Boston Dynamics, a company with US military contracts, is owned by a non US company. This should end well.
Amit Chakraborty (1 month ago)
Should we worry about it? Wait, son is a Japanese guy. We can trust him. Thank God her isn't Chinese. Or else Western media would have demonized him from the get go.
Nathaniel Charles (2 months ago)
I know Softbank, it's from those funny Japanese commercials.
kudos kailash (2 months ago)
It's like a major portion of our day to day spending is filling Soft bank's pocket.
Tima Aldoseri (2 months ago)
So basically its an investment bank invest specifically in tech companies..?
kudos kailash (2 months ago)
They have their foot prints across industries
Peizxcv (2 months ago)
Good setup if he became a super villain. No super villain controls 100 of the biggest tech firms yet
Luis Eric López Fernández (2 months ago)
What are the japanese Keiretsu?
Luis Eric López Fernández (2 months ago)
What are the mittelstands (German hidden champions of the economy)?
Luis Eric López Fernández (2 months ago)
What are the chaebols (South Korean conglomerates)
Dave (2 months ago)
One more interesting thing is Mayasoshi Son is the son of a Korean imigrant. In fact the richest Japanese is not even Japanese by ethic background.
Zavid Al Rasyid (2 months ago)
Maybe we should careful about SoftBank and Japan as a whole, instead of China (?)
Jon Ultime (2 months ago)
Soft bank is my balls when I haven't jerked off in awhile.
Dm Suja (2 months ago)
Soft bank goes hard
Huawei Coffee (2 months ago)
Huawei CEO: if I had been arrested in Canada , I could have been with her (Meng wanzhou) and she would not have been so lonely. @
Keith Metoyér (2 months ago)
Well since I already mentioned it, do one on Gazprom!
Keith Metoyér (2 months ago)
Whew Gazprom at 40?! Wow it's really falling from grace!
Sharad Sharma (2 months ago)
Make a video on ARM
Karl Jo (2 months ago)
That man is a thief.
aniket k (2 months ago)
Talking about OLA ... It is disgusting 😠
Md Zl (3 months ago)
So basically, Umbrella corporation.
MrShamsiyah (3 months ago)
I give CNBC a C- for it's researching skills (or lack thereof).
zusiphe sikayi (3 months ago)
the monopoly that is being created here is concerning. these people are colonizing the world.
Jean-Marc Bissick (3 months ago)
Masayoshi Son = vision + talent
E I (3 months ago)
DONT USE THEIR SERVICE!!! Dont be fooled. They are famous in Japan for having terrible internet speed, premium price, and really terrible customer service..
Mr. Ricochet (1 month ago)
I used them about 10 yrs ago and they were pretty good, i guess they are even better now
Kevin Phan (3 months ago)
wow since when did china bought cnbc?
TuanVN 2007 (3 months ago)
sorftbank is a bank but its soft !
Martin K (3 months ago)
what is nokia? Explains :)
Chan Ninja (4 months ago)
Blade_des (5 months ago)
Every time I see a reporter slowly walking and slightly shouting at a camera in the middle of a random sidewalk that has nothing to do with what they're reporting on and a bunch of random people walking by, I cringe so damn hard. Report in locations that make sense this is so awkward.
Otaku 101 (5 months ago)
I thiught they just sold phones and sim cards when I was in Japan
michael roberts (5 months ago)
Homeboy is wear'n tub socks at 4:02 when signing a deal.
Shane P. (5 months ago)
Sprint is owned by Softbank
Sathees Shanmugaraja (5 months ago)
Can you please do a video on current economy in Sri Lanka and what is possibly ahead in fire for Sri Lanka and it’s people in business sector.
HomerMan (5 months ago)
The dumbest guys in the room
Tagailog May Pagasa (5 months ago)
20 million to 60 billion in 14 years goodness.
Wobbly Bobbly (6 months ago)
All Chinese comapnies are state ownes enterprises by definition. Dont forgot only Chinese State can own land in China, everyone non CCP must lease.
Mani Matter (6 months ago)
Money is the most important thing in the world
monro go (6 months ago)
masayoshi live in Jakarta
skfoxjrxzz (2 months ago)
monro go hes everywhere
석회암 (6 months ago)
I can say Softbank is next Google. Google has amazing technology in AI and Driveless car but Softbank have hegemony of platform. They r king of Car sharing. They have most of equity of the company like Uber, DIDI, Grab, and 99. And they have ARM, which leads Semiconductor hegemony. With this, They make all the city smart with 5G edge platform and Uber, Grab, and DIDI dominate mobility of city and make lifestyle of civilians. And also with this, They bring driveless car technology to their platform. Google may become just servant of their platform
석회암 (6 months ago)
James Franko 5G equipment of Huawei is banned. Samsung and others are free.
James Franko (6 months ago)
5G is banned in US and Japan.
reinard joseph (6 months ago)
It mentioned in the video that Masayoshi son got his ba in economics at UC Berkeley oh, I thought he took computer science
이호준 (6 months ago)
Masayoshi Son is of Korean descent. His original name is Jeong-ui Son. He naturalized and became a Japanese citizen in order to continue his business in Japan.
Brajesh Singh (6 months ago)
interesting ....so Softbank is spending millions it gained from Alibaba ? But what I really wonder what is that $200 billion energy project in Saudi Arabia ? Exactly what is it about
James Franko (6 months ago)
@Brajesh Singh China investing in Kenya have nothing to do with US and China trade war. I'm saying China might expand their minor control in economy in Africa. I mean calling on taxing import from China wasn't a very good idea especially for a long-run. It creates job but prices for consumer products are gona increase, therefore they won't be the global leading currency in future. Just like how Apple increased their price, it showed their decrease in sale on global scale.
James Franko (6 months ago)
@Brajesh Singh Yea true, some countries in Africa still have very inefficient power source because oil cost money. It just won't be as profitable yet. It'll take time. China is already investing in Kenya so hopefully those could spread in future.
Brajesh Singh (6 months ago)
@James Franko they aren't...but they are a continent with high forest coverage and not so large population...and hence forests in that continent can be conserved if resources are used and a good strategy is used
James Franko (6 months ago)
@Brajesh Singh Africa isn't a big source of greenhouse gas emission compared to other nations.
Brajesh Singh (6 months ago)
@James Franko well all the best..if they can do it it will certainly do the world great good...I only wish a small fraction of funds be given to conservation as well...several and crucial forests in Africa and Latin America (particularly the Amazon's) are under threat and hold a crucial role in maintaining the balance of greenhouse gas emissions ...I do not know if a business case can be made out of conserving them but I wish some private funds flows towards them
hitesh vikani (6 months ago)
One day SoftBank > Google > Apple.
Maruf Hassan (6 months ago)
All this coming at a great cost, the debt obsession of Soft Bank is really huge
Scupacium (6 months ago)
they own sprint
Faroq Sharama (6 months ago)
Sagishi from me .Usosuki .Nande internet nai no ni Okane toru????🔥🔥🔥
ああ (3 months ago)
sore wa kusa
Hachiman Hikigaya (7 months ago)
1:15 that dab
James Franko (6 months ago)
Ryan Mahuze (7 months ago)
Bank but censored? Softbank right?
Rishabh Sharma (7 months ago)
Dang Son!
23 tang (7 months ago)
James Franko (6 months ago)
Roshan Banapuram (7 months ago)
Plzzzzz make a video on esports and the video gaming industry
Bhrigu (7 months ago)
Prodigal son...
Bradley Doering (7 months ago)
Might have to revise the part about them being worth more than Amazon...
Tuan Anh Le (7 months ago)
Thank CNBC for your detailed explanation
Däs Viva Handy (7 months ago)
MBS will ruin the world
Ashik Jonathan (8 months ago)
CNBC because they hate trump said part of the 50bn he promised and reported only 20bn
James Franko (6 months ago)
Nearly 80 billion actually. Gotta do better on your research
Nishat Shahriyar (8 months ago)
They are going for the future tech market! COOL!
Indra Perdana Yusuf (10 months ago)
Its like a modern day Berkshire hathaway
Varad K (2 months ago)
@Winston Wei Which is why he said "modern day" meaning including the internet/tech acquisitions
Winston Wei (8 months ago)
Berkshire Hathaway doesn't invest like Softbank which is more Internet /Technology involved.
Tresna Soaduon Mulatua Napitupulu (10 months ago)
can we say son is more success as investor than buffet?
PrasadCperera (10 months ago)
Your topics are really interesting.I love to watch your videos .Keep discussing good topics.
Real world (10 months ago)
If you do not take my money i will finish your company by creating other companies big.... This man think 🤔 for years
mr nobody (11 months ago)
He is the Warren Buffett of Japan and the future. The real Warren Buffett have no guts investing in technology or start up like Alibaba. In a peace world, technology is the future.
Abhay Shirole (2 months ago)
It's not about guts. It is about what you know and what you don't. Besides, Buffet own 5% of Apple.
starship (11 months ago)
A son of Koreans, made rich in Japan, made richer thru a Chinese investment.
vector b (11 months ago)
Fachri Abdillah (11 months ago)
Damn Son
Baruch Belete (1 year ago)
and they praise warren this bastard have much better margins than bitcoin
Muzammil Abdul Rauf (1 year ago)
dab at 1:15
James Franko (6 months ago)
Aman Matta (1 year ago)
Modern Rothschild in making .
Vivek Raj (1 year ago)
I hate to break it to you guys but Trump is still the US president.
Vivek Raj (1 year ago)
Biggest Solar power station for Saudi Arabia doesn't make sense.
blue280485 (1 year ago)
SoftBank is the 21st century version of Berkshire Hathaway!
blue280485 (1 year ago)
Please do a #CNBCExplains video about : How/Why #DJI dominates the global #drone industry? I'm a fan of the CNBC Explains series, you guys give a to the point analytical explaination about each topic and it's interesting to watch! Learn something new every time I watch this series! Keep up the good work :)
Natalia Genes (1 year ago)
I know them for free wifi around Tokyo
Sarah Kim (1 year ago)
I used their carrier services but hated it. Most japanese prefer docomo over SoftBank
James Franko (6 months ago)
Not true, Japanese people actually prefer Softbank over any other carriers.
Manoj Kumar P (1 year ago)
Dab guy @1.17
Atipat12 (1 year ago)
Great article 😎😎😎😎😎😎
Atipat12 (1 year ago)
Cool 😎😎😎😎😎
Shrinivas Shinde (1 year ago)
Worthful person