Ousted WeWork CEO Adam Neumann trying to buy company back
Adam Neumann, the co-founder and former CEO of WeWork, is attempting a buyback of the now-bankrupt company through his new entity, Flow Global Holdings.
Despite previous attempts to engage with WeWork for a potential acquisition or financial support during its bankruptcy, Neumann, backed by prominent investors like Dan Loeb's Third Point, claims WeWork has not been cooperative.
WeWork responded that they regularly receive and review external interest, ensuring any actions taken align with the company's best interests. They are focusing on restructuring to emerge as a sustainable enterprise.
Third Point confirmed having initial discussions with Neumann and Flow regarding WeWork but has yet to agree to any involvement.
Neumann, who launched WeWork in 2010, aimed to serve small businesses and startups. Despite rapid growth and a $47 billion valuation in 2019, plans for an initial public offering (IPO) collapsed due to concerns over its losses and debt.
After being ousted for excessive spending, Neumann eventually departed with a significant payout. WeWork managed to go public in 2021 following a SoftBank rescue deal but still struggles to profit.
Neumann established Flow, a real estate venture, in 2022 with a substantial investment from Andreessen Horowitz. WeWork declared bankruptcy later in the year.