SoftBank Vision Fund head’s pay doubled last year despite massive losses

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FILE PHOTO: Rajeev Misra CEO, SoftBank Investment Advisers speaks during the Milken Institute’s 22nd annual Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

TOKYO (Reuters) – SoftBank Vision Fund’s head, Rajeev Misra, saw his total pay for the past business year more than double to roughly $15 million, even as the fund’s underperformance pushed SoftBank to a record operating loss of some $13 billion.

The 1.6 billion yen amount includes basic pay and other compensation, a group filing showed.

The figure was second only to renumeration for SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) Chief Operating Officer Marcelo Claure, which rose 17% to 2.1 billion yen.

While offering big pay packets to foreign executives, compensation for CEO Masayoshi Son was 209 million yen, a 9% decline compared to a year earlier.

SoftBank’s massive annual operating loss was largely due an $18 billion shortfall at the Saudi-backed Vision Fund which has seen investments in startups like office sharing firm WeWork and ride-hailing app operator Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N) flounder.

A key architect of the disastrous WeWork investment, vice chairman Ron Fisher who was the group’s most highly paid executive in the previous business year, saw his renumeration slashed 80% to 680 million yen. COO Claure has become WeWork’s executive chairman as SoftBank restructures the company.

Son told an earnings presentation in May that tech unicorns had plunged into the “valley of the coronavirus” but a smaller number of the tech companies would make it.

Reporting by Sam Nussey; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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