Masayoshi son features resigned from alibabas board after fifteen years, closing a chapter in a company relationship which has had underpinned probably the most financially rewarding financial investment associated with softbank founders career.

Mr sons announcement on thursday arrived as jack ma, the president of the chinese e-commerce team, in addition officially stepped down from softbanks board, in which he has supported since 2007.

Despite staying pals, the two billionaires took separate paths in recent years. mr ma retired as government president of alibaba a year ago and mr son has pivoted their focus to running the worlds largest technology fund.

The twin departures that have been called shared choices arrived as mr son sought to reassure investors that his investment prowess has not yet waned even with an $18bn writedown at his $100bn vision fund suggested the group posted its biggest ever yearly loss.

We have lots of confidence during my ability, 62-year-old mr son said during a livestream of softbanks annual investors meeting on thursday, adding which he had graduated from alibabas board. mr son stated he intends to carry on as softbank chief executive for the next seven to eight many years.

In an hour-long presentation that was actually attended by just 23 shareholders, mr son stated the equity value of softbanks assets had gone back to pre-covid-19 levels. which was partly because an increase in the value of their alibaba shareholding, which has grown from a $20m stake in 2000 to be worth over $150bn.

Marketplace turmoil because coronavirus in march strike the value of a number of the biggest wagers created by the saudi arabia-backed $100bn financial investment fund, forcing the team to release a $41bn asset sale programme.

But mr son stressed on thursday that demand created by the pandemic had boosted vision fund assets in chinese start-ups including on line health care team ping a good physician, bytedance, the owner of video app tiktok, and zuoyebang, an on-line tutoring business.

Stocks in softbank have actually doubled since striking a four-year reduced on march 19, lifted because of the asset purchase and a share buyback program.

Most of the sale procedure has now already been finalised with softbank anticipated to raise $20bn by exiting its t-mobile us risk, $11.5bn by attempting to sell shares in alibaba and $2.9bn from its domestic telecoms unit.