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Inside Masayoshi Son's eccentric, relentless deal-making spree

His idiosyncratic style confounds admirers and detractors: he presses founders to meet face to face, encourages them to take more money than they want and wields his outsized chequebook as a weapon

SoftBank is largely a one-man Masayoshi Son show when it comes to deals, despite its ranks of bankers from Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

EARLY last year, Cheng Wei, founder and chief executive of the Chinese ride-hailing juggernaut Didi Chuxing, tried to resist taking money from legendary investor Masayoshi Son.

Mr Cheng told the SoftBank Group chief he didn't need the cash because his company had already raised US$10

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