Vincent K. McMahon, Chairman & CEO
Vince McMahon, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer of WWE, Inc. (WWE), is a third generation promoter who has made WWE into the global phenomenon it is today.
As a pioneer in the television syndication business, a recognized television personality throughout the world, a visionary promoter and a fearless marketer, he continues to make his presence known as a leader within the broadcast and entertainment industries. In 1972, McMahon joined his father’s company, Capitol Wrestling Corporation, on a full-time basis. By 1979, the company had syndicated programming to 30 television stations. In 1982, he purchased the Capitol Wrestling Corporation from his father and decided to take what had been a regional operation and turn it into a national venture.
McMahon soon became a pioneer in the cable television industry by leveraging the new technologies of pay-per-view and closed-circuit television for the first WrestleMania in 1985. Now, not only had he built a brand that people would watch in syndication, he had built the WWE into a brand that people would pay to watch. In April 2000, more than a million fans purchased WrestleMania X-6, at the time making it the most watched non-boxing event in pay-per-view history. In February 2014, WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 direct-to-consumer network, launched live in the U.S. This year, WrestleMania 32 set a new attendance record of 101,763, as fans from all 50 states and 35 countries converged on AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The previous WWE attendance record was at WrestleMania 3 in 1987, where 93,173 fans filled the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit.
Today, WWE produces new television programming 52 weeks a year. Programs such as “Monday Night Raw” and “WWE SmackDown” are ratings successes that can be seen in more than 180 countries and heard in 25 languages. In addition, WWE delivers fans a revolutionary second screen experience during its flagship programming via the WWE App, which has more than 21 million downloads globally.As the television audience has grown exponentially, so has the live event audience.
In 2014, WWE performed 318 live events, including 54 international events, entertaining nearly 2 million fans. Under McMahon’s leadership, WWE has developed into one of the most popular and sophisticated forms of global entertainment today. WWE is an integrated media and entertainment company that features a portfolio of specialized businesses that creates and delivers original content for a cultivated, passionate and intensely loyal customer base. The company markets and distributes this original content on a global basis via broadcast, syndication and cable television, publications, mobile phones, and the Internet. Ancillary businesses include licensing, merchandising, home video, e-commerce, catalog sales and films. In addition to its headquarters in Stamford, Conn., WWE has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Munich and Tokyo.WWE trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WWE.
For his accomplishments in entertainment, television, and pay-per-view, McMahon, one of the longest running personalities on television, was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008. He also has received a Promax/BDA Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the 2008 CableFAX Hall of Fame.In recognition of WWE’s work to support children over the past 30 years, McMahon, in 2005, was appointed to The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America National Advisory Council. He is a tireless supporter of the U.S. military, bringing WWE Superstars to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002 to entertain the troops. WWE was the recipient of the USO of Metropolitan Washington’s first ever “Legacy of Hope” award for WWE’s extensive support of our troops and the USO’s Operation Care Package program. In 2006, WWE and McMahon received the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award for its support of deployed service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, the company received the GI Film Festival’s Corporate Patriot Award.