Rajeev Misra

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Rajeev Misra is a London-based[1] banker and executive.[2] He is the CEO of SoftBank Investment Advisers[3] which oversees the firm’s Vision Funds.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Misra was born in 1962 in Balasore, Odisha, India.[5] He attended Delhi Public School at Mathura Road, Delhi, India; studied Chemical Engineering at IIT Delhi;[2] and the University of Pennsylvania (gaining a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and then a Master of Computer Applications [MCA]).[citation needed] This was followed by a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[6] Misra is a board member of both the University of Pennsylvania and MIT Sloan.[7]


Misra is Board Director of Softbank Group and CEO of Softbank Investment Advisers. Misra, who leads the team running the company’s Vision Fund, joined SoftBank in 2014. [7]

Misra spent about 25 years in finance, moving from Merrill Lynch to Deutsche Bank to UBS. At Deutsche Bank, he oversaw a team of credit traders whose bet against the U.S. subprime mortgage market was chronicled in The Big Short.[8] He left Deutsche Bank in June 2008, when he was the global head for credit and commodities and was reportedly earning between 10 and 15 million euros a year. He then worked at the London-based TCI Fund for several months.[9][10] He joined UBS in 2009, and in May 2014 he was a senior managing partner of Fortress Investment Group, until he joined Softbank in November 2014.[3]

The Wall Street Journal detailed Misra's alleged attempts to undermine his internal rivals at Softbank, including planting stories, filing shareholder complaints, and using a "honey trap".[11][12]


  1. ^ SoftBank appoints India-born ‘Vision Fund’ head Rajeev Misra to its board of directors.
  2. ^ a b "SoftBank nominates Rajeev Misra, its $100-billion Vision Fund CEO, to board". The Economic Times. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Biography: Rajeev Misra". Softbank. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Meet Rajeev Misra, the man SoftBank's Son chose to head the $100 bn fund". vccircle.com. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Biography: Rajeev Misra - Board of Directors - Company Info - About Us". SoftBank Group. 18 January 1962. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  6. ^ Krishnamachari, S V (27 May 2017). "India-born Rajeev Misra joins Japan's SoftBank board". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Global Conference 2017 - Speaker: Rajeev Misra". Rajeev Misra » Milken Institute. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  8. ^ Hope, Liz Hoffman and Bradley (2019-10-31). "Rajeev Misra Built SoftBank's Huge Tech Fund. Now He Has to Save It". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  9. ^ "UPDATE 1-Rajeev Misra to leave Deutsche Bank". Reuters. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Breaking news: UBS makes big hire in credit". Euromoney. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  11. ^ https://www.wsj.com/articles/softbanks-rajeev-misra-used-campaign-of-sabotage-to-hobble-internal-rivals-11582743294
  12. ^ Clarkson, Colin; Producer, Web (2020-03-02). "CEO at Softbank lands in hot water with multiple serious accusations". The American Genius. Retrieved 2020-03-03.