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Vitaliy Katsenelson’s Contrarian Edge: Meet the CEO with Buffett’s investing gift, Jobs’s vision, and Branson’s boldness

What would you get if you crossed Warren Buffett, Richard Branson and Steve Jobs?

Masayoshi Son, the Korean-Japanese, University of California, Berkeley–educated founder of one of Japan’s most successful companies, SoftBank Group. 9984, -2.45%SFTBY, -3.52%

Like Buffett, Son is a tremendous capital allocator with a highly impressive record: Over the past nine and a half years, SoftBank’s investments have delivered a 45% annualized rate of return. A big chunk of this success can be attributed to one stock: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba BABA, -5.33% , a $100 million investment SoftBank made in 2001 that is worth about $80 billion today.

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