Adam Neumann, 39
Neumann began with one shared office space in Brooklyn, but his vision quickly burst into a colossus. WeWork is closing in on 300 locations in more than 22 countries, and there’s news of a recent mega-round of venture funding, led by Soft-Bank, that would value the company at $35 billion. Skeptics insist WeWork is no more than a glorified—and wildly overvalued—real estate play, but Neumann tunes them out to focus on growth and social impact. His company has been a leader in hiring refugees and has set a goal to hire 1,500 in the next five years.
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