List of Famous Promoters People

List of Famous Promoters

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List of famous promoters, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top promoters in the world? This includes the most prominent promoters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable promoters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic promoters were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned promoters.

Michael Blakey and Don King are only the beginning of the people on this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known promoters to the lesser known promoters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the promoter field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous promoters ever?" and "What are the names of famous promoters?" then you're in the right place. (92 items)


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    Don King
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    Donald "Don" King is an American boxing promoter whose career highlights include promoting "The Rumble in the Jungle" and the "Thrilla in Manila". King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander ...more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Promoter, Actor
    • Credits: The Devil's Advocate, When We Were Kings, Head Office, J.C. Chavez, The After Party: The Last Party 3, + more
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    Marion Hugh "Suge" Knight, Jr. is a former American record producer and music executive. He is the founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records and co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records. Death Row Records rose to dominate the rap charts after Dr. Dre's breakthrough album The Chronic in 1992. After ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Lynwood
    • Profession: Bodyguard, Promoter, American football player
    • Credits: Biggie & Tupac, Tha Westside, Life After Death Row, Welcome to Death Row, Death Before Dishonor, + more
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    Sharon Rachel Osbourne is an English television host, media personality, television talent competition judge, author, music manager, businesswoman, and promoter, and the wife of heavy metal singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne. She first came into public prominence after appearing in The Osbournes, a reality ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Promoter, Film Producer, Talent manager, + more
    • Credits: Austin Powers: Goldmember, America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The Osbournes, + more
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    Vincent Kennedy "Vince" McMahon is an American professional wrestling promoter, former announcer, commentator, film producer, actor, and occasional professional wrestler currently serving as majority owner, Chairman, and CEO of Stamford, Connecticut-based professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Pinehurst
    • Profession: Professional Wrestling Promoter, Announcer, Wrestler, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: No Holds Barred, WWE Raw, WWE SmackDown, WWE NXT, Beyond the Mat, + more
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    Leigh Bowery
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    Leigh Bowery was an Australian performance artist, club promoter, actor, pop star, model, and fashion designer, based in London. Bowery is considered one of the more influential figures in the 1980s and 1990s London and New York City art and fashion circles influencing a generation of artists and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1961-1994)
    • Birthplace: Sunshine, Australia
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Promoter, Model, Actor
    • Credits: Hail the New Puritan
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    Jeff Jarrett
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    Jeffrey Leonard "Jeff" Jarrett is an American professional wrestler, wrestling promoter and founder of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, which he co-founded along with his father, Jerry, and more recently, Global Force Wrestling. He is well-known from his multiple runs in World Championship Wrestling and ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Hendersonville
    • Profession: Wrestler, Promoter, Actor
    • Credits: Spring Breakers, WCW Monday Nitro, Impact Wrestling, Life with Mikey, WCW WorldWide, + more
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    Michael Blakey
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    Michael Blakey is a record producer, composer, musician, arranger, songwriter and artist manager. Blakey has either produced musical tracks or worked as a musician for a number of notable artists and performers, including: Engelbert Humperdinck, Luther Vandross, Gloria Gaynor, Tears for Fears, Dire ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Beavis and Butt-head Do America, Le Concert, Music For One Apartment And Six Drummers, Wall to Wall Records, Going Off Big Time
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    Rachel Uchitel is an American nightclub manager, hostess, and TV correspondent. She first encountered publicity when, following the September 11 attacks, a photo of her holding a picture of her fiancé, who worked in the World Trade Center, was published by the New York Post and circulated worldwide. She ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Profession: Promoter
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    Laverne Clarence "Verne" Gagne, is a retired American professional wrestler, football player, and professional wrestling trainer and promoter. He was the former owner/promoter of the American Wrestling Association, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which was the predominant promotion throughout the ...more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: USA, Minnesota, Robbinsdale
    • Profession: Wrestler, Promoter, American football player
    • Credits: The Wrestler, AWA All-Star Wrestling
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    P. T. Barnum
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    Phineas Taylor "P. T." Barnum was an American showman and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1810-1891)
    • Birthplace: Bethel, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur
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    Chael Patrick Sonnen is an American former mixed martial artist who last competed in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Sonnen failed three drug tests in his career. The second and third, in 2014 under the Nevada Athletic Commission, led to a two-year suspension from ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Milwaukie, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Promoter, Actor, Martial artist
    • Credits: Here Comes the Boom, Meet Dave, UFC 55, UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson, UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida, + more
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    Paul Wall
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    Paul Michael Slayton, better known by his stage name Paul Wall, is an American rapper. He is currently affiliated with Swishahouse Records, having released several albums under the label as well as collaborating with other rappers signed to the label. He was formerly musical partners with rapper ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Rapper, Promoter, Disc jockey
    • Credits: Beef IV, Furnace, And 1 Mix Tape: Vol. 9: Area Codes, Str8Hood DVD Magazine, Hustle Up DVD Magazine: Vol. 2: Hip-Hop, + more
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    Dana White
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    Dana Frederick White, Jr. is an American businessman, entrepreneur, actor and the President of the mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Promoter
    • Credits: The Ultimate Fighter, How Bruce Lee Changed the World, UFC Primetime, The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, Fighting Politics, + more
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    Bill Graham
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    Bill Graham was an American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991 in a helicopter crash. He fled from Germany and, in 1941, from France to escape the Holocaust. At age ten he settled in a foster home in the Bronx, New York. Graham graduated from DeWitt Clinton High ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1931-1991)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Impresario, Businessperson, Soldier, Promoter, Actor
    • Credits: Apocalypse Now, The Doors, Woodstock, Apocalypse Now Redux, Bugsy, + more
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    Anastas Mikoyan Jr.
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    Stas Namin – Soviet and Russian musician, composer and producer, artist and photographer, theatre and movie director, founder and leader of The Flowers rock-band; founder, producer of Gorky Park rock-band, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Ballet-on-Ice, Moscow Music and Drama Thetre and others ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Record producer, Songwriter, Theatrical producer, Entrepreneur, + more
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    James "Buffalo Jim" Barrier, born in Buffalo, New York, was a local wrestling promoter in Las Vegas. His legal struggle with business owner and landlord Frederick "Rick" Rizzolo, who owned the property under Barrier's business, Allstate Auto & Marine, was covered by the media during the early 2000s.more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1953-2008)
    • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Wrestler, Promoter
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    Muhammad Hussain Inoki is a Japanese professional wrestling promoter, politician, retired professional wrestler and mixed martial artist best known by the ring name Antonio Inoki. Also known as Anton, he fashioned this name as a homage to wrestler Antonino Rocca. He was also the founder and former owner ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
    • Profession: Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist, Promoter, Actor
    • Credits: The Bad News Bears Go to Japan, Pro-Wres no Hoshi Aztecaser
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    Eddie Graham
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    Edward F. Gossett, better known as Eddie Graham, was an American professional wrestler. He was also the promoter and booker for Championship Wrestling from Florida and President of the NWA in the 1970s. His son, Mike Graham, was also a professional wrestler. Eddie Graham was born in Chattanooga, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1930-1985)
    • Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Wrestler, Promoter
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    Bill Veeck
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    William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr., also known as "Sport Shirt Bill", was a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a franchise owner and promoter in Major League Baseball. Veeck was at various times the owner of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox. As owner and team president of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1914-1986)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Promoter
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    Terry Knight, born Richard Terrance Knapp, was an American rock and roll music producer, promoter, singer, songwriter and radio personality, who enjoyed some success in radio, modest success as a singer, but phenomenal success as the original manager-producer for Grand Funk Railroad and the producer for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1943-2004)
    • Birthplace: Lapeer, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Promoter, Talent manager, Radio personality, + more
    • Credits: The Incident
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