Billionaire and designated WeWork CEO Adam Neumann was looking for a $ 50 million plus on Fifth Avenue before the company's disastrous IPO efforts – but one source says he was dismissively rejected by co-op boards in a number of prestigious buildings following media reports about his erratic behavior.
Neumann and his wife, Rebekah, traded on the fifth for an apartment and aimed to live among the city's wealthy elite. But according to a well-placed real estate insider, he was shocked that co-op boards in at least three fancy buildings, including 950 and 960 Fifth Ave., responded: "He doesn't even have to apply."
Neumann has hired several brokers recently and most recently released WeWork's former commercial property manager Mark Lapidus on the search. The insider said: "Neumann wanted the gilded life on Fifth Avenue … But the brokers made discreet calls to members of the co-op boards, and they all said no." According to the source, Lapidus even told an agent, "Adam Neumann is going to be the first billionaire of all time ̵
Neumann resigned as CEO last week in the wake of his alleged outlandishness. he allegedly wanted to build a WeWork on Mars, he also said at a corporate event in 2018 that he wanted to solve a worldwide problem by giving orphans "a new family: the WeWork family." He also banned employees from paying for meals that includes meat, and employees said Neumann appeared to be in compliance with its own code of conduct. Before WeWork delayed its IPO, Neumann had paid more than $ 700 million from the company and had bought home with leave, The Post reported.
A representative of Neumann and Lapidus said, "This story is completely false," added, "Mark walked into the buildings as a favor to a broker and left within five minutes. There was never ride some thoughts about Neumann's who lived there, and there were no discussions with anyone about them. "