Bil­lion Dol­lar Loser

THE 60-SEC­OND BOOK EX­CERPT

New York Magazine - - TO DO - By New York fea­ture writer Reeves Wiede­man

jared kush­ner didn’t trust Adam Neu­mann when they first met, as aspir­ing New York real-es­tate moguls in the early 2010s. But they even­tu­ally con­nected as self-iden­ti­fied dis­rup­tors in an in­dus­try averse to new­com­ers, and WeWork leased space in sev­eral Kush­ner-owned build­ings. Neu­mann and Kush­ner set­tled one ne­go­ti­a­tion with an arm-wrestling match in Neu­mann’s of­fice while sev­eral WeWork em­ploy­ees looked on. “I used to arm wres­tle all the time in the Navy,” Neu­mann told Kush­ner. When Neu­mann won, Kush­ner com­plained that Neu­mann’s el­bow had come off the ta­ble; they clasped their op­po­site hands for a re­match, but Neu­mann won again. (Lit­tle, Brown & Co., Oc­to­ber 20)

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