The Information’s Person of 2018: Masayoshi Son

Last year, we chose Snap CEO Evan Spiegel as our person of 2017. We anticipated, correctly, that the public-market debut of Snap would bring much more attention to the young company and its co-founder.  

This year, we’ve chosen SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son to be the person of 2018—the person we think will have a greater news profile and bigger impact on the global tech industry in the coming year. But we’re choosing him as much for the direct role he’ll play as for what his rising profile symbolizes.

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And if that’s not enough, Mr. Son said in an interview with Japan’s Nikkei in October that he wanted to launch more investment funds that are just as big as the current Vision Fund or even bigger.

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“SoftBank and the Vision Fund have played a critical role in many landmark financing deals in both private and public companies, potentially reshaping the competitive landscape globally. We expect to see their impact and influences continue to expand in 2018.”