Global coworking giant WeWork recently raked in a massive investment from SoftBank.
The Tokyo-based conglomerate and its $93-billion Vision Fund has injected $4.4 billion into WeWork, which has 23 coworking spaces in the United States — including a shared, 40,000- square-foot workspace in Kansas City in the Crossroads Arts District — and more than 27 international offices.
“WeWork is leveraging the latest technologies and its own proprietary data systems to radically transform the way people work,” SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said in a release. “(WeWork CEO Adam Neumann’s) unique vision and talented team have created a sharing platform that offers maximum flexibility and opportunity to creators of all types, from young entrepreneurs to large multinational companies. We are thrilled to support WeWork as they expand across markets and geographies and unleash a new wave of productivity around the world.”
Of the $4.4 billion investment, $3 billion will go toward WeWork’s parent company via a primary investment in new shares and a secondary purchase of existing shares, SoftBank said in a release. The remaining $1.4 billion will fund WeWork’s expansion in China, Japan and Southeast Asia and Korea.
WeWork was valued at $21 billion in July. The firm currently has about 150,000 members across the world.