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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. Here are also famous female promoters (with Sharon Osbourne) and famous male tour promoters. 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.

Suge Knight and Don King are only the beginning of the people on this list of entertainment promoters. Featuring boxing promoters, concert promoters, rap music promoters, wrestling promoters, club promoters, and more, this list has it all! 

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. 

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Don King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 87

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Donald King (born August 20, 1931) is an American boxing promoter known for his involvement in historic boxing matchups. He has been a controversial figure, partly due to a manslaughter ...more

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Suge Knight is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 53

Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States of America

Marion Hugh "Suge" Knight Jr. (; born April 19, 1965) is an American record producer, music executive, former American football player and convicted felon. He is best known as the ...more

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Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 66

Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

Sharon Rachel Osbourne (née Levy; born 9 October 1952) is an English media personality, businesswoman, television host, talent competition judge, music manager, live promoter, and author. ...more

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Vince McMahon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 73
Vincent Kennedy McMahon (; born August 24, 1945) is an American professional wrestling promoter and executive, American football executive, and businessman. Since taking over the company from ...more

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Marek Lieberberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Marek Lieberberg Age: 72
Marek Lieberberg is a German music event promoter. In 2013, he won the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the European Festivals Awards.
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Raymond Gubbay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Raymond Gubbay Age: 72

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Raymond Gubbay, CBE (born 2 April 1946) is a impresario who has been at the forefront of promoting and producing opera, ballet and classical music in London, across the UK and around the world ...more
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Leigh Bowery is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Dec. at 33 (1961-1994)

Birthplace: Sunshine, Australia

Leigh Bowery (26 March 1961 – 1 January 1995) was an Australian performance artist, club promoter, and fashion designer. Bowery was known for his flamboyant and outlandish costumes and makeup as ...more
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Bob Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Bob Neal Dec. at 67 (1916-1983)

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee

Robert "Bob" Neal (1916 – December 29, 1983) was an American sportscaster who worked primarily in Cleveland, Ohio. Neal graduated from Columbia University.He broadcast the Cleveland ...more
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Jeff Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 51
Jeffrey Leonard Jarrett (born July 14, 1967) is an American professional wrestler, professional wrestling promoter and businessman, currently signed to WWE as a backstage producer and occasional ...more

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Michael Blakey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 60

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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Rachel Uchitel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 44
Rachel Uchitel (; born January 29, 1975) is an American nightclub manager, hostess, and TV correspondent. She first encountered publicity when, following the September 11 attacks, a photo of her ...more
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Verne Gagne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 93

Birthplace: Robbinsdale, Minnesota, United States of America

Laverne Clarence Gagne (; February 26, 1926 – April 27, 2015) was an American professional wrestler, football player, wrestling trainer, and wrestling promoter. He was the owner and promoter of ...more

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P. T. Barnum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Dec. at 81 (1810-1891)

Birthplace: Bethel, Connecticut

Phineas Taylor Barnum (; July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, politician, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey ...more

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Chael Sonnen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 41

Birthplace: Milwaukie, Oregon, United States of America

Chael Patrick Sonnen (; born April 3, 1977) is an American retired mixed martial artist and current MMA analyst for ESPN. Beginning his MMA career in 1997, Sonnen competed for the UFC, where he ...more

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Paul Wall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 37

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Paul Michael Slayton (born March 11, 1981), better known by his stage name Paul Wall, is an American rapper and occasional actor from Houston, Texas. He has spent much of his career affiliated ...more

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Dana White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 49

Birthplace: Manchester, Connecticut, United States of America

Dana Frederick White Jr. (born July 28, 1969) is an American businessman and the current President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which is the largest mixed martial arts (MMA) ...more
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Bill Graham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Dec. at 60 (1931-1991)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca; January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was a German-American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991 in a helicopter ...more
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Anastas Mikoyan Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 67

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Stas Namin is a Russian rock musician and cult figure. He is one of the founders of Russian rock music, the creator and leader of the legendary band The Flowers, which has sold more than 60 ...more
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James Barrier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Dec. at 55 (1953-2008)

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

James "Buffalo Jim" Barrier (March 22, 1953 – April 6, 2008), born in Cleveland, Ohio, was a local wrestling promoter in Las Vegas. His legal struggle with business owner and landlord ...more
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Antonio Inoki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 76

Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan

Muhammad Hussain Inoki (Arabic: مُحَمَّد حُسَيْن إينوكي‎, romanized: Muḥammad Ḥusayn ʻIinuki) (born Kanji Inoki (猪木寛至, Inoki Kanji) on February 20, 1943) is a Japanese professional wrestling and ...more

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Eddie Graham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Dec. at 55 (1930-1985)

Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Edward F. Gossett (January 15, 1930 – January 21, 1985), better known as Eddie Graham, was an American professional wrestler. He was also the promoter and booker for Championship Wrestling from ...more
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Bill Veeck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Dec. at 72 (1914-1986)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

William Louis Veeck Jr. (; February 9, 1914 – January 2, 1986), also known as "Sport Shirt", was an American Major League Baseball franchise owner and promoter. Veeck was at various ...more

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Terry Knight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Dec. at 61 (1943-2004)

Birthplace: Lapeer, Michigan

Terry Knight (born Richard Terrance Knapp; April 9, 1943 – November 1, 2004) was an American rock and roll music producer, promoter, singer, songwriter and radio personality, who enjoyed some ...more
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Jackie Stallone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 97

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Jacqueline Frances Stallone (née Labofish; born November 29, 1921) is an American astrologer, former dancer, and a promoter of women's wrestling. She is the mother of actor Sylvester ...more
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Larry Tee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Promoters
Age: 59

Birthplace: USA, Washington, Seattle

Larry Tee (born October 12, 1959) is a Berlin-based DJ, club promoter, and music producer who curated the electroclash scene in New York in the early 2000s, and helped launch the careers of such ...more

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