Apple tips $1.37bn into SoftBank tech fund

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Apple tips $1.37bn into SoftBank tech fund

Total pot could top $95bn.

Apple will invest US$1 billion ($1.37 billion) in a tech fund being set up by Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank Group.

SoftBank has said it is investing at least US$25 billion ($34.35 billion) in the fund and has been in talks with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund for an investment that could be as much as US$45 billion ($61.82 billion).

"We believe their new fund will speed the development of technologies which may be strategically important to Apple," company spokesman Josh Rosenstock told Reuters.

SoftBank has also said that it plans to make future large-scale investments via the tech fund, rather than on its own.

Reuters reported in December, citing sources familiar with the matter, that Apple had held talks with SoftBank about the investment.

SoftBank confirmed that Apple invested, said Benjamin Spicehandler, an outside public relations representative for SoftBank.

He added that Foxconn, Oracle founder Larry Ellison's family office and chipmaker Qualcomm also have said they intend to invest in the fund.

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