The battle between WeWork and SoftBank is over. The beleaguered co-working giant and its co-founder and former CEO, Adam Neumann, have reached a legal settlement with SoftBank Group, Bloomberg News reported, heading off a trial that was set to begin on March 4. The agreement will firm up the Japanese conglomerate’s control over WeWork, while giving Neumann a financial windfall on his way out. SoftBank COO Marcelo Claure, who also serves as WeWork’s executive chairman,
Developer, investor and brokerage head Howard Lorber is trying on a new role for size: venture capitalist. His company, Vector Group, is pivoting its real estate business — which includes brokerage Douglas Elliman and new development firm New Valley — into investing in early-stage proptech companies, the firm confirmed to The Real Deal. The announcement comes on the heels of Vector’s real estate businesses reporting a net loss of $75.9 million in 2020, the second
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Earnings redux: Airbnb, CoStar, Redfin 🔥 It could have been worse. That was the takeaway from Airbnb’s first earnings as a public company. Despite the luster of its eye-popping IPO, Airbnb lost $4.6 billion in 2020 and revenue dropped 30 percent year over year to $3.4 billion. The net loss was driven by $2.8 billion in stock compensation related to the IPO, but the pandemic clearly whalloped the travel industry. CEO Brian Chesky used a
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Like most retailers, merchants in Midtown Manhattan’s Diamond District have had to grapple with the impact of the pandemic over the past year. But gem deals are still getting done — to the tune of $400 million per day, according to a Bloomberg News estimate from last summer. It’s not just jewels that are trading hands in the neighborhood. In December, the ELO Organization closed on its $110 million acquisition of the Chetrit family’s 15
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