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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

    Age: 89

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    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 conviction...  more

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  • 2

    BirthplaceLynwood, California, USA

    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 co-founder and...  more

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  • 3

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    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. She is the...  more

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  • 4

    Alternative NameVince McMahon, Vinnie Mac, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, Mr. McMahon

    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 his...  more

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  • 5

    Marek Lieberberg

    Age: 74
    Marek Lieberberg is a German music event promoter. In 2013, he won the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the European Festivals Awards....  more
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    Raymond Gubbay

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceLondon, 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 for...  more
  • 7

    Leigh Bowery

    Dec. at 33 (1961-1994)

    BirthplaceMelbourne, 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 well...  more
  • 8

    Bob Neal

    Dec. at 67 (1916-1983)

    BirthplaceNashville, 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 Indians on radio...  more
  • 9
    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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  • 10

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Michael Blakey may refer to: Michael Blakey (anthropologist) (born 1953), professor at the College of William & Mary Michael Robert Blakey (born 1975), business angel, venture capitalist...  more
  • 11
    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
  • 12

    BirthplaceUSA, Minnesota, Robbinsdale

    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 the...  more

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    P. T. Barnum

    Dec. at 81 (1810-1891)

    BirthplaceBethel, 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 Circus...  more

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  • 14

    BirthplaceMilwaukie, Oregon, USA

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    Paul Wall

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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    Dana White

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceManchester, 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

    Dec. at 60 (1931-1991)

    BirthplaceBerlin, 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 crash....  more
  • 18

    BirthplaceMoscow, 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 million...  more
  • 19

    James Barrier

    Dec. at 55 (1953-2008)
    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 Frederick...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceYokohama, 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
  • 21

    Eddie Graham

    Dec. at 55 (1930-1985)
    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

    Dec. at 72 (1914-1986)

    BirthplaceChicago, 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 times the owner...  more

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    Terry Knight

    Dec. at 61 (1943-2004)

    BirthplaceLapeer, 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 success...  more
  • 24

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    Jacqueline Frances Stallone (née Labofish; November 29, 1921 – September 21, 2020) was an American astrologer, former dancer, and a promoter of women's wrestling. She was the mother of actor...  more

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    Larry Tee

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceUSA, 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