Dana white. Source: UFC

Dana White is an American businessman and the current President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the world’s largest MMA company. Under White’s leadership, the UFC has developed into a multibillion-dollar global phenomenon. White’s net worth was estimated to be $500 million in August 2019.

Source: UFC

Early life

On July 28, 1969, White was born in Manchester, Connecticut, the son of June and Dana White. For most of their childhoods, he and his sister, Kelly, were reared by their mother and her family. According to White, he is an Irish American.

He began boxing when he was 17 years old and graduated from Hermon High School in Maine in 1987. He enrolled in college twice, first at Quincy College and once at UMass Boston, but dropped out both times during the first semester.

White afterwards worked as a boxercise instructor.

Dana White. Source: Dailymail.uk

Career

Ultimate Fighting Championship

White met Bob Meyrowitz, the owner of Semaphore Entertainment Group, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship while working as a manager for Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell.

When White learned that Meyrowitz was considering selling the UFC, he phoned a childhood friend, Lorenzo Fertitta, an executive and co-founder of Station Casinos and a former commissioner of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, to see if he would be interested in purchasing the organisation.

Lorenzo and his older brother Frank purchased the UFC for $2 million in January 2001, and it later became a subsidiary of Zuffa. White was appointed president of the corporation.

Source: MMA Mania

White claimed that when he and the Fertittas bought the UFC, all they got was the moniker “UFC” and an old octagon. The previous owners had reduced the firm’s assets in order to escape bankruptcy, even selling the UFC.com website to a company called “User-Friendly Computers”.

With White as president, the UFC grew into a tremendously profitable business, with a gross income of $600 million in 2015. Zuffa was sold to a consortium of investors led by WME-IMG in July 2016 for $4.025 billion. At the time of the sale, White-owned 9% of the company. White said that he would continue as president and was awarded a stake in the new company.

The UFC announced in May 2017 that White would host Dana White’s Contender Series. The show, which is available only through UFC Fight Pass, the promotion’s digital streaming service, and is licenced independently from the UFC brand, gives up and coming fighters the opportunity to display their talents in the hopes of one day competing in the UFC.

On March 18, 2019, White announced that he has signed a new seven-year contract to continue as president of the UFC, as the UFC negotiated a deal with ESPN.

Boxing

Source: USA Today

Due to McGregor’s deal with the UFC, White entered the boxing world by co-promoting Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor. White announced in October 2017 at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card West boxing club that he was “getting into boxing, 100 per cent.” White has stated that he wishes to incorporate boxing into the UFC’s corporate portfolio.

Personal life

Source: SportKeeda

White met his wife Anne (née Stella) in the eighth school, and they married in 1996. They have one daughter, Savannah, and two sons, Dana III and Aidan. White respects his privacy and keeps Anne out of the public eye.

In 2006, White paid $1.95 million for a house on Pine Island Court in Las Vegas from Frank Fertitta III. From October 2016 to June 2017, White purchased three additional residences in the same region for a total of approximately $6.2 million. The dwellings were given demolition permits, apparently with the intention of constructing a mega-mansion for White and his family.

White was raised Catholic but now considers himself an atheist. June White, White’s mother, published Dana White, King of MMA: An Unauthorized Biography in 2011. June said in the book that Dana had “turned his back on his family and friends who were there for him when he needed help and support” since his success with the UFC.

White spent nearly $60,000 on Katana swords in a season 15 episode of History Channel’s Pawn Stars (first aired on February 5, 2018), including one of Rick Harrison’s 17th-century Japanese Katana.

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Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd NаmеDаnа Whіtе
Віrth РlасеМаnсhеѕtеr, Соnnесtісut, U.Ѕ
Dаtе Оf Віrth/Віrthdау28 Јulу 1969
Аgе/Ноw Оld51 уеаrѕ оld
Неіght/Ноw ТаllІn Сеntіmеtrеѕ – 178  сm
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WеіghtІn Кіlоgrаmѕ – 95 Кg
Іn Роundѕ – 209.5 lbѕ
Wіfе/Ѕроuѕе NаmeАnnа Ѕtеllа
Кіdѕ/Сhіldrеn NаmеАіdаn Whіtе, Dаnа ІІІ аnd Ѕаvаnnаh Whіtе
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Nеt Wоrth $600 mіllіоn
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Politics

White delivered a speech during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, endorsing Republican nominee Donald Trump. According to White, Trump aided the UFC in its early days by enabling the UFC to have its first event under Zuffa ownership (UFC 30) at the Trump Taj Mahal when other venues refused to host the UFC.

According to White, “No arenas were interested in us. This guy came out to me, and he’s always been a friend.” White appeared at one of Trump’s reelection rallies in Colorado, where he reiterated his support for Trump in the 2020 race. White gave $1 million to America First Action, a super political action committee that backed Trump’s re-election, in February 2020.

Source: Insider

Dana White sex-tape lawsuit

When an exotic dancer allegedly documented sexual contact with White in Brazil in the year 2014 without his knowledge, White was accused of a sex-tape scandal. White, according to the stripper, had been seeing her for months during his marriage.

The stripper’s live-in boyfriend then attempted to extort money from White, resulting in a criminal case being filed against him. On April 3, 2020, a civil suit was filed against White in Nevada, alleging that he paid the boyfriend money to convince him to plead guilty, which White denies.

According to the complaint, White paid the stripper $10,000 to dance and have sex with him. On October 7, 2020, the lawsuit was dismissed.

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