SoftBank reportedly plans to lend employees as much as $20 billion to invest in its VC fund

SoftBank has a plant to loan up to $20 billion to its workers, which includes CEO Masayoshi Son, for the purposes of getting that capital re-invested in SoftBank’s personal Vision venture fund, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. That’s a hugely uncommon move that could be risky in terms of how a great deal exposure SoftBank Group has on the complete in terms of its startup bets, but the upside is that it can potentially fill out as a great deal as a fifth of its newly announced second Vision Fund’s total target raise of $108 billion from a hugely aligned investor pool.

SoftBank revealed its plans for its second Vision Fund final month, which includes $38 billion from SoftBank itself, as nicely as commitments from Apple, Microsoft and a lot more. The enterprise also took a equivalent method to its original Vision Fund, WSJ reports, with stakes from workers supplied with loans totalling $8 billion of that $100 billion commitment.

The prospective spend-off is major, supplied the fund has some strong winners that accomplish liquidation events that offer major returns that workers can then use to spend off the original loans, walking away with profit. That’s absolutely a danger, having said that, specifically in the existing international financial client. As WSJ notes, the Uber shares that Vision Fund I acquired are now worth much less than what SoftBank initially paid for them according to sources, and SoftBank bet WeWork appears poised to be a different enterprise whose IPO may not make that a great deal, if any, funds for later stage investors.