Miguel McKelvey is an American businessman and the co-founder and former chief culture officer of WeWork. In a January 2020 interview with Fortune, McKelvey called himself “a wild kid” on the high school basketball court. He said that he found a sense of accountability from his coach, who was a strict disciplinarian. He said of Coach Stepp, “I didn’t grow up with my father, so I never had someone telling me to keep in line.”
Miguel McKelvey’s Early life
Miguel McKelvey was born in 1974 (age 48 years) in Oregon, United States. McKelvey grew up in a “five-mother collective” in Eugene, Oregon. His parents started and ran a weekly newspaper called the Eugene Weekly.
McKelvey graduated from South Eugene High School in 1992. He first attended Colorado College and, after seeing a sculpture he created, his professor, Carl Reed, recommended he consider architecture for graduate school. He transferred to the University of Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1999.
He played on the Oregon Ducks basketball team for two years. However, the official record book indicates he lettered for only one year, 1997.
Where did Miguel McKelvey first work?
McKelvey worked as a busboy in a restaurant before graduating from college and spent two summers at an Alaskan fish processing plant. After graduating from college, McKelvey went to Tokyo to visit a friend, and while there, he co-founded English, baby!, a web portal and social network for students to create and take foreign-language online courses. The website offers vocabulary quizzes, grammar lessons, and a social network that connects English-language learners with English-fluent peers. The business grew to 25 employees.
McKelvey next moved to New York City, where he worked at Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture. The firm was responsible for all the American Apparel projects, and McKelvey became the manager of the international retail rollout.
Adam Neumann worked in the same office building, and the two met at a party. In 2008, the two convinced their landlord to let them divide the floors of an empty building into semi-communal offices and rent them out; this was the start of Green Desk.
Miguel McKelvey designed the name, logo, and a working website for the new business in one night. Green Desk was an eco-friendly coworking space, with a focus on recycled furniture and wind-power electricity. McKelvey and Neumann eventually sold the business to their landlord, Joshua Guttman, and evolved the concept into WeWork. WeWork was founded in 2010, with its first office space in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo.
What happened to Miguel from WeWork?
McKelvey served as WeWork’s chief culture officer. He directed construction, architecture, and web design for the company, and was also responsible for building and operating culture. Since 2010, The We Company has launched several new ventures: WeLive, a co-living venture; Rise by We, a luxury gym concept; and WeGrow, a private elementary school.
In 2019, the company introduced The We Company, a parent brand that comprises WeWork, WeLive, WeGrow, and other ventures. However, in 2017, McKelvey was named WeWork’s chief culture officer and in 2019, Fast Company named Miguel McKelvey one of its Most Creative People. On June 5, 2020, McKelvey announced that he would be leaving WeWork at the end of the month.
Who Is Miguel McKelvey’s Wife?
Miguel McKelvey was married to Hiyam Khalifa, they had their wedding in the United States. His wife is a former investment banker born in Detroit. The couple got divorced in 2017. McKelvey stands at an appealing height of 2.03m and has a good body weight which suits his personality. As of mid-2022, Miguel McKelvey is not married and hasn’t disclosed much information about his children’s life
How Much Is Miguel McKelvey net worth?
How much is Miguel McKelvey worth? Miguel McKelvey net worth is estimated at around $1 billion. His main source of income is from his career as a businessman and investor. Miguel McKelvey’s salary per month with other career earnings is over $200 million annually. His successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential businessmen in the United States.