Adam Neumann at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January 2018
1979 (age 39–40)
|Residence||New York City, US|
|Citizenship||Israel, United States|
|Alma mater||Baruch College|
|Known for||Co-founder, WeWork|
|Net worth||US$2.6 billion (October 2017)|
|Spouse(s)||Rebekah Paltrow Neumann|
Early life and education
Adam Neumann was born in Israel, the son of Avivit and Doron Neumann. When he was seven, his parents divorced. He and his sister Adi moved to the United States with their mother for her medical specialty. In 1990, after four years, they returned to Israel and settled in Kibbutz Nir Am. He subsequently served as an officer in the Israeli Navy for five years, two more than the mandatory 3 years of service for men in Israel. He later graduated from Baruch College in New York City.
Neumann and McKelvey co-founded WeWork in 2010, after having previously met through a mutual friend. A shared interest in community upbringings and design led them to create Green Desk in 2008, a shared-workspace business focusing on sustainability, which served as the precursor to WeWork.
Neumann became a partner of InterCure, an Israeli cannabis company led by Ehud Barak former Prime Minister of Israel, in 2018. Neumann has also invested in EquityBee, a start-up for tech investors, and Selina, a hospitality company.
Neumann has purchased buildings and then leased the space back to WeWork. Observers noted that this as a potential conflict of interest and one that would not be allowed if WeWork were a public company.
In 2018, WeWork faced a lawsuit from a former employee who identified issues of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviors within the company workplace. In her statement, she mentioned that Neumann "plied [her] with tequila shots during her interview with the company." Shortly after this claim was made, WeWork put an end to its unlimited beer and implemented a policy of only four beers per day.
He lives in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City with his wife Rebekah Paltrow Neumann, who is a filmmaker, and their five children, which include two pairs of twins. Rebekah is the cousin of Gwyneth Paltrow. His sister Adi Neumann is a model, and his aunt on his father's side is Galia Albin, a TV presenter in Israel.
In 2018, Neumann gave a keynote speech at an event held by UJA-Federation of New York where he spoke of observing Shabbat with his family every week and the role Judaism has played in his personal and professional growth.
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