Vince McMahon was born August 24, 1945 and is currently the owner of WWE. The official story of the company is that McMahon’s father Vincent, Sr. founded the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1963, and Vince, Jr. purchased it away in 1984, first renaming it the World Wrestling Federation and then changing the name again to WWE in 2002. Since joining his father's business, much of Vince, Jr.’s life has been lived on screen, especially since the late 1990’s when Mr. McMahon became the most important on screen character in WWE television. It wasn’t always like that, however, as Vince actually started at the bottom and worked his way to the top, both in the wrestling business and financially.
While most WWE fans are probably pretty familiar with the CEO and chairman of the company, there are still huge portions of his life that are a public mystery. Areas of McMahon's life have been mentioned on camera once or twice, only to quickly be forgotten about or ignored. In some cases, the McMahon family has even gone to considerable lengths to downplay elements of McMahon’s personal and business history, while in other cases they made huge deals out of actually minor situations. All in all, there is much to learn about Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
15 He Grew Up In A Trailer Park
14 He Was Raised By A Single Mother
13 He Met Vince, Sr. When He Was 12
12 He Wanted To Be A Wrestler
11 His Father Wouldn't Like Modern WWE
10 He's "The Million Dollar Man"
9 But Actually, He's The Billion Dollar Man
8 He's Lost Millions, Too
7 He Started As A Commentator
6 He's The Oldest WWE World Champion Ever
5 He's The Oldest Ever ECW World Champion
4 He Almost Went To Prison
3 He Has A Brother
2 His Grandfather Started The Family Business
1 The McMahons Didn't Do It Alone
Although the McMahon family really has been involved in the wrestling business for generations, they didn’t create the WWE Empire entirely by themselves, regardless of what they might say. The non-McMahon most integral in the creation of WWE is Toots Mondt, a former wrestler and Jess McMahon’s partner in the Capitol Wrestling Corporation. Mondt had earlier been a member of the Gold Dust Trio, who essentially invented professional wrestling as it's known today in the 1920's, and has been credited as the man who first realized Bruno Sammartino would be a star. There are also men such as Pat Patterson and Vince Russo, who have had considerable creative influence in booking WWE television throughout the years, at times rivaling the control of any McMahon.
On top of that, throughout the 1980s and 1990s respectively, Jim Crockett, Dusty Rhodes, Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman had comparable influence on the wrestling landscape, and are all extremely important in the development of WWE history through that influence. While no one would deny that Vince McMahon and the McMahon family in general are the most important people in WWE history, they didn’t create professional wrestling alone, and tend to ignore the people who helped them.
Sources: WWE, <em>The Howard Stern Show</em>, Playboy
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