(Nov 27): In February 2000, Masayoshi Son briefly became the richest man in the world, overtaking Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Two days later, as the stock price of his Tokyo-listed flagship SoftBank Group slipped, he lost the title. “It was the briefest period anyone has spent being the richest man in the world,” Son recounted in a TV interview a few years ago. Within 12 months of his stint at the top, SoftBank shares had plunged 99% and Son was struggling to keep himself, and his company, afloat.

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