Established in 1999, the SBI Group has formed the world’s first and leading Internet-based financial conglomerate, providing financial services in a broad range of fields including securities, banking and insurance. In addition to Financial Service Business, the Group also has Asset Management Business (managing Private Equity AUM in excess of USD 4 billion) focusing primarily on investment in venture companies and Biotechnology-related Business embarking on global expansion from R&D and product development to sales in the pharmaceuticals, health foods and cosmetic products. As a Strategic Business Innovator, the SBI Group takes on the challenge of realizing sustainable growth, placing these business segments as its three core businesses.
Being one of the largest Japanese private equity firms with AUM in excess of USD 4 billion, the SBI Group has invested in more than 1,500 companies globally, and we leverage this broad platform to further drive the value of our investments.
As of March 31, 2019, the SBI Group consists of 226 companies (including consolidated partnerships, equity method affiliates and 6 publicly listed companies). SBI currently has overseas offices in more than 21 countries across Asia.
Provision of innovative, highly convenient financial products and services via the Internet
The SBI Group initially entered the diverse financial services sector in the online securities business, and through the establishment of an Internet-based financial ecosystem, has promoted the creation of synergies and mutual evolution between the Group’s operating companies, in order to realize a competitive advantage that distinguishes itself from its competitors. To date, the Group has established a globally unique financial conglomerate that utilizes the Internet as its main business channel, which positions Japan’s No.1 retail online securities business in terms of its overwhelming customer base, banking business and insurance business as the three core components of the Financial Services Business. Moreover, away from services available on the Internet, through an aggressive development of a face-to-face shop managed on a franchise system, SBI MONEY PLAZA, which provides financial services both online and on a face- to-face basis, was established to provide optimal financial products to meet the needs of individual customers, and has received high customer satisfaction.
In this way, while growth was achieved by thoroughly exploiting synergies within the financial ecosystem, the Asset Management Business’ focused investments into the IT field contributed significantly to the development of the Financial Services Business. Among the investee companies in the IT sector, there are many with leading-edge technologies and the utilization of those technologies and expertise within the Group will enable the creation and offering of distinctive financial services, which is the result of a virtuous cycle between the Financial Services Business and the Asset Management Business.
- Securities-related business
- Banking-related business
- Insurance-related business
- Operation of SBI MONEY PLAZA shops
- Operation of comparison, search and cost estimation websites for financial products
Investment in venture companies in Japan and abroad in fields including IT and biotechnology, and provision of asset management-related services.
Since its founding in 1999, in order to put into practice the management philosophy of becoming a “New Industry Creator,” the SBI Group has made focused investments in the IT and biotechnology sectors, which are the 21st century growth industries. Also, since 2005, in order to diversify risk and pursue higher growth the Group jointly established a number of overseas funds and developed a global structure with prominent local partners in emerging countries with high growth potential, primarily in Asia, and is in the process of promoting the establishment of an overseas financial ecosystem through the transference of the online financial business expertise and knowledge that were developed in Japan.
The SBI Group has been focused on the IT field since its establishment, and has actively invested in and nurtured numerous venture companies since the dawn of the Internet era in Japan. At the same time, the group has developed a wide variety of its own financial services utilizing the Internet as the main channel, leading to an accumulation of knowledge of the IT filed in the form of technologies and expertise. This knowledge was the basis for the sound investments in the IT sector, and has led to the achievement of the high performance funds that were established since the second half of the 1990s. Presently, the development of new technologies is accelerating, and within the FinTech, IoT, AI, big data and related fields that is attracting global attention the Asset Management Business is not only proactively investing in venture companies in these fields, but also has realized a virtuous cycle by introducing appropriate new technologies of these venture companies to the Financial Services Business, to develop new services and improve business efficiencies.
- Venture Capital Business
- Domestic and overseas investment business
- Overseas financial services business
- Asset management services business