The term “renaissance man” describes someone who has many talents and success. Mark Wahlberg is absolutely a true renaissance man. He’s an actor. A producer. A scratch golfer. A burger chain entrepreneur. A guy who wants you to say hello to your mother for him.
Oh. And he literally co-starred in the 1994 Danny Devito movie “Renaissance Man.” Look it up.
Put it all together and Mark Wahlberg has a net worth approaching $400 million by our count.
Mark’s latest venture is a chain of fitness franchises called F45. I’ve walked by a few F45s. I get the impression the classes are CrossFit + kick boxing with a live DJ… or something like that. Either way, they seem to be popular and successful.
F45 was started in Sydney, Australia by Rob Deutsch. After finding a unique formula Deutsch teamed up with a guy named Adam Gilchrist who had experience in franchising businesses. By the end of 2014 there were 15 F45s in Sydney alone.
According to the company’s reports, there are currently over 2,800 F45 franchises in 60+ countries.
In 2019, Mark Wahlberg teamed up with a Florida-based venture capital company called FOD Capital to buy a stake in F45. Their investment valued F45 at $450 million.
On July 15, 2021, F45 went public on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol:
Mark and Adam Gilchrist made the pilgrimage to the floor of the NYSE on the day of the IPO to ring the market’s opening bell:
F45’s stock price ended its first day of trading with at $16.20. That officially gave the company a market cap of $1.6 billion.
Over the last 11 months since its public debut, F45’s stock price has tanked. It has only closed above the IPO price once (on August 13) and today is trading at $4.40, a 70% decline from it’s debut IPO price.
At today’s share price of $4.40, F45’s market cap is almost exactly $420 million. That’s $30 million LESS than when Mark invested back in 2019. Ouch.
How much of F45 Does Mark Own?
When you look at a list of F45’s largest shareholders, at the very top is Adam Gilchrist with 23 million shares, roughly 24% of the company. As of this writing, Adam’s stake is worth $100 million. FYI, I do not see F45’s original creator Rob Deutsch anywhere in the top 20 of company shareholders. He must have been diluted way way down or bought out entirely.
As for Mark, at #8 you’ll find the following listing:
#8: Wahlberg, Mark
Total position: 2,194,871 shares (2.32% of total)
At $4.40 a share, Mark’s stake would presumably be worth around…
Not really all that impressive. But, as it turns out, that’s not the full picture!
My eagle eye noticed that F45’s second largest shareholder is something called:
#2: MWIG LLC
Total position: 22,396,924 (23.64% of total)
What is MWIG LLC? Does “MW” mean “Mark Wahlberg? Yes and no.
Thanks to a little more SEC form digging I was able to learn that MWIG is a “Special Purpose Vehicle” that is co-owned by Mark Wahlberg and FOD Capital. Thanks to another SEC filing, I was able to learn that FOD Capital owns 65% of MWIG and Mark owns 26%. I’m not sure who owns the remaining 9%.
Using this new info we can compute that Mark owns 26% of those 22,396,924 shares. That’s 5,823,200 shares.
At $4.40 a share, 5,823,200 shares are worth…
Put together, Mark effectively owns 8,018,071 total shares of F45. At $4.40 a share his total stake as of this writing is worth:
For perspective, when F45’s stock price briefly hit an all-time high of $17 a share last year, Mark’s stake was worth $136 million.