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The co-founder of WeWork’s nosedive from billionaire status follows his company’s failed attempt to complete an initial public offering. This led Neumann to resign as CEO, but he still owns around an 18% stake in the company.
Neumann’s first appearance on Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List was in 2016, when he was estimated to be worth $1.5 billion and his company had just been valued at over $10 billion by investors. Three years later, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son’s enthusiasm for the company led it to invest billions into WeWork, which pushed that valuation to a staggering $47 billion.
After the company filed for its IPO, it was clear investors and the rest of the public did not share Son’s sentiment due to the numerous worrisome details revealed in its prospectus.
Now, if the company fails to raise additional capital, it could be forced to file for bankruptcy according to many analysts.
Forbes estimates that the We Company is worth at most $2.8 billion based on a multiple of the firm’s revenues consistent with its competitor IWG, who is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Forbes’ estimate of Neumann’s wealth is based on his stake in the We Company, as well as $500 million in stock sales.