Israeli Tops Fortune Magazine List of Leading Young Entrepreneurs

Others on the list include ride-sharing entrepreneur John Zimmer, Restaurant Brands International CEO Daniel Schwartz, Noah Wintroub of J.P. Morgan and Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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Adam Neumann at a New York technology conference earlier this year.Credit: Bloomberg

Israel-born Adam Neumann has topped the list of the world's most influential business people under the age of 40, published by Fortune magazine.

Neumann, 36, is co-founder and CEO of WeWork, a company that provides shared office spaces for startups, small businesses and a wide variety of Internet-age entrepreneurs. But, as the magazine notes, the company is also attracting Fortune 500 companies, including American Express and Microsoft.

WeWork was established by Neumann and his business partner Miguel McKelvey in 2010. Now, with its latest $400 million funding round from J.P. Morgan and other major investors under its belt, the company is valued at a whopping $10 billion.

Neumann, Fortune wrote, "is bringing startup culture to Big Business." It currently has 54 locations in the United States, Europe and Israel, providing "perk-filled, keg-friendly communal workspaces [that] have attracted more than 30,000 members across the globe."

Fortune's "40 Under 40" ranks "the most influential young people in business," covering high tech,  health care, autos, finance, food, real estate, comedy, and even ultimate fighting. "The one thing these mavericks have in common: They make their own rules," according to Fortune.

Also on the list are Logan Green and John Zimmer of the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company Lyft, Daniel Schwartz, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, Noah Wintroub of J.P. Morgan and Jared Kushner, head of Kushner Properties and son-in-law of Donald Trump.

For people wondering why Neumann and Straubel, for all their success, rank higher than Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, say, the answer is simple: All 40 of the people on the list are new; those listed last year were not considered.

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