SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son got caught up in the Bitcoin frenzy and reportedly lost $130 million

  • Billionaire Masayoshi Son reportedly made a massive bet on bitcoin near the peak of the digital currency’s frenze in 2017.
  • The founder of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank personally lost over $130 million when he sold his position, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
  • Son has a reputation for making big, risky bets but has had a successful track record with many such investments.
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Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, the founder of conglomerate SoftBank, personally lost over $130 million when he sold his position in bitcoin, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Son made the investment in late 2017 the report said, near the digital currency’s record high near $20,000 in December of that year. Bitcoin has traded around $5,000 in recent weeks. While it is unknown exactly how much bitcoin Son bought, he sold early last year after the speculative digital currency’s value collapsed.