The head of Japanese investor SoftBank is probably exhausted after the dramatic WeWork dispute, and that may explain why he seems to be falling asleep while on the conference stage this week.
Masayoshi Sin spoke in a technology investment panel on Tuesday at a conference on a future investment initiative called "Davos in the Desert", held in Saudi Arabia. The conference was streamed live on YouTube and includes footage from Son's panel, which Bloomberg says has almost no attendees.
Looks like the son wasn't very enthusiastic about the panel either, as notes from a Twitter user . It's unclear when Son exactly started nodding, but it looks like he's falling asleep when the livestream broadly captures a photo showing Son between panel moderator and private equity executive Robert Smith in the middle answering a question. The video is then cut to a closer frame showing only Smith and Son, where it is clear that the Son's eyes are closed.
You may be able to argue that the Son is not necessarily asleep – he just rests his eyes, as my grandfather would have said – but this argument is not so good considering what happens next. After about 25 seconds of sitting there with his eyes closed, the Son's head falls off and he seems to be waking up from his sleep. The son then blinks several times and turns to the talking panelist.
First, Son led the ex-WeWork CEO Adam Neumann after the company's IPO failed. The son then led SoftBank to take over WeWork, which saw the Japanese company take 80% control of the company. Neumann left the board of directors in return for $ 1.7 billion.
Moreover, the presence of Son at Saudi Arabia's annual investment conference this week is controversial in itself. Son, as well as dozens of companies and executives, boycotted the summit last year after the brutal assassination of Washington Post colonist Jamal Hashogi and Saudi Arabia's links to his assassination. However, Son and other leaders returned to the top this year.
You can watch the full moment when Son seems to be falling asleep to himself thanks to the recording of the conference on YouTube. Start From Brand 4:20:16: