The Trump-SoftBank-Saudi Connection


Donald J. Trump, the president elect at the time, with the Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son of SoftBank, left, at Trump Tower in December. CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times

As camera lights flashed, President-elect Donald J. Trump strode across the lobby of Trump Tower with Masayoshi Son, the colorful Japanese entrepreneur, in December.

“This is Masa of SoftBank from Japan,” Mr. Trump said before boasting that Mr. Son’s SoftBank — which is in the process of amassing a giant $100 billion fund — had pledged to invest $50 billion in the United States and would create 50,000 jobs here.

“He’s one of the great men of industry, so I just want to thank you very much,” he told Mr. Son, who was an early investor in Yahoo and Alibaba. Just last month he bought the Wall Street firm Fortress Investment Group for $3 billion…

The Trump-SoftBank-Saudi Connection

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