Ousted WeWork CEO Adam Neumann is no longer a billionaire after SoftBank scrapped a deal to buy WeWork stock

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Adam Neumann, cofounder and former CEO of WeWork. Associated Press
  • Ousted WeWork CEO Adam Neumann is no longer a billionaire, according to Bloomberg.
  • The cofounder and former executive is now worth an estimated $US450 million after SoftBank abandoned its deal to buy $US3 billion worth of WeWork stock.
  • The deal had included buying nearly $US1 billion in shares from Neumann.
  • Neumann was reportedly worth as much as $US14 billion prior to WeWork’s failed initial public offering last year.
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Former WeWork CEO Adam Neumann is no longer a billionaire.

The ousted executive has lost his billionaire status following SoftBank’s decision to pull out of an October bailout deal,Bloomberg reports.

SoftBank had planned to purchase $US3 billion worth of WeWork shares from other investors and employees as part of its plan to rescue the real-estate giant following its cancelled initial public offering last fall. As part of the plan, SoftBank would put $US970 million toward buying back shares from Neumann, part of a golden parachute that, when it was announced, drew criticism from experts who called the decision “stone-cold crazy.”

Now, Neumann will be left with a larger portion of WeWork shares that are likely worth much less than SoftBank has planned to offer, according to Bloomberg.

Estimates of Neumann’s net worth have varied. Forbes last year estimated Neumann’s net worth as $US4.1 billion. In October 2019, Forbes said it had dropped to $US1 billion, and, soon after, predicted Neumann had lost his billionaire status. These days, Forbes lists Neumann’s net worth as $US750 million.

Bloomberg estimated Neumann’s fortune was much higher, reaching $US14 billion prior to WeWork’s failed IPO and dropping to $US1.3 billion following the announcement of SoftBank’s bailout. Now, Bloomberg estimates Neumann’s wealth is worth about $US450 million, a decrease of 97%.

Asher Gold, a spokesperson for Neumann, declined to comment.

Neumann was pushed out of WeWork following the coworking startup’s disastrous IPO last fall and intense public scrutiny of Neumann’s leadership style and use of company funds, as well as WeWork’s nonstop party culture.

Prior to the controversy, Neumann and his wife, Rebekah, were known for their lavish lifestyle. Neumann spent more than $US80 million on five homes, including a Hamptons mansion, a farm estate in Upstate New York, and a $US21 million home in the Bay Area.