During a one-on-one interview at the 20th annual Milken Institute Global Conference
, Masayoshi Son, founder, chairman and CEO of SoftBank Group, described to conference participants the overwhelming feeling at age 19 of seeing a microchip for the first time. "The is the biggest invention that mankind has ever created," he recalled thinking. "I started crying on the street. Really. Literally." Masa Son put his revelation to good work: SoftBank is a multinational telecommunications and internet corporate with diverse operations in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-commerce, Internet, technology services, finance, media and marketing, semiconductor design, and other businesses.