Brightstar Corporation

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Brightstar Corporation
IndustryWireless Telecommunications
HeadquartersMiami, Florida, United States
Key people
Rod Millar, CEO
ProductsDevice and Accessories Distribution, Logistics, Supply Chain, Device Buyback and Trade-in, Handset Protection and Insurance, Multi-channel Retail and Mobile Financing Services, and Mobile Digital Solutions
RevenueUS$10 billion+ (2014)
Number of employees

Brightstar Corp., is an American privately held corporation founded in 1997. It provides global wireless distribution and services, serving mobile device manufacturers, wireless operators and retailers.[1] Brightstar offers device and accessories distribution, handset protection and insurance, and mobile digital products. In 2019, Brightstar was named by Forbes as one of "America's Best Midsize Employers".[2]


Brightstar was founded by Marcelo Claure in 1997.[3]

Brightstar Corp acquired eSecuritel, an Alpharetta, GA based cell phone insurance service provider, from Mainsail Partners in April, 2011.[4]

In October 2013, Japanese SoftBank paid $1.26 billion for a 57% stake in Brightstar.[5]

A Brightstar Warehouse in Sweden

In February 2014, Brightstar Corp. completed its acquisition of 20:20 Mobile, a European mobile provider.[6]

In July 2014, Brightstar Corp. and Bharti Enterprises announced that they entered into an agreement to have Brightstar acquire a majority stake in Beetel Teletech, a Bharti company.[7]

In February 2015, Jaymin Patel was appointed CEO of the company, replacing Claure.[8]

In June 2018, Brightstar acquired Next Wireless Group, an online seller of used smartphones.[9] In August 2018, Jaymin Patel resigned as CEO of the company.[8] Reza Taleghani, Brightstar's CFO became interim CEO of the company.[8] As of 2019, Rod Millar served as CEO of the company.[10]

In November 2019, Brightstar acquired Risk Insure which will enable Brightstar "to broaden its portfolio in the wireless industry."[11]

In April 2020, the company acquired WeFix.[12] In September, SoftBank sold the company to Brightstar Capital Partners for an undisclosed amount.[13]

The company's headquarters is located in Miami, Florida.[8]


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  2. ^ "Forbes Names Brightstar As One Of "America's Best Midsize Employers" For 2019". EconoTimes. 2019-12-16. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  3. ^ Gale, Kevin (18 October 2013). "How Brightstar CEO Marcelo Claure turned a freebie into a $1.26 billion deal". South Florida Business Journal.
  4. ^ Partners, Mainsail (2011-04-05). "Brightstar Corporation Acquires eSecuritel". Mainsail. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  5. ^ Carew, Sinead (2013-10-18). "SoftBank to spend $1.26 billion for majority Brightstar stake". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  6. ^ "BRIGHTSTAR EXPANDS GLOBAL PRESENCE WITH ACQUISITION OF 20:20 MOBILE GROUP IN EUROPE". Yahoo Finance. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  7. ^ "Brightstar acquires majority stake in Bharti Group's Beetel Teletech". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  8. ^ a b c d Reiser, Emon (12 July 2018). "Brightstar Corp. CEO to resign". South Florida Business Journal.
  9. ^ Reiser, Emon (19 June 2018). "SoftBank Group Corp. subsidiary buys online seller of used smartphones". South Florida Business Journal.
  10. ^ Sladky, Lynne (2019-10-25). "SoftBank hopes new WeWork leader will be 'guided missile' to fix it". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  11. ^ "BrightStar Corp. Acquires Right Insure". NuWireInvestor. 2019-11-21. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  12. ^ McCaskill, Steve (21 April 2020). "Brightstar acquires device repair firm WeFix". TechRadar. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  13. ^ Narioka, Kosaku; Dvorak, Phred (2020-09-18). "SoftBank Sells Brightstar, Carrying On Its Divestiture Spree". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-10-13.