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How Much Is Vince McMahon Worth in 2022?

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Forbes currently lists Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s total wealth at a whopping 2.3 billion dollars. An impressive figure for an impressive man, but how have they reached this calculation and what does it mean?

How is Vince McMahon’s net worth calculated?

He has a 32 million dollar three-storey mansion, a private plan, a yacht and a Bentley. Don’t get us wrong, that’s a collection of assets that most of us could only dream of owning, but the lion’s share of McMahon’s valuation derives from his ownership and control of WWE, AKA World Wrestling Entertainment. It’s easy to take the true scale of WWE for granted, but prior to Vince’s involvement, professional wrestling was very much a regional affair.

Fast forward to present day and under the guidance of McMahon, WWE has built a presence in 180 countries, set the standard for sports presentation and turns over more than
$950 Million, every single year!

Vince McMahon is certifiably self-made

When reviewing the success of a Billionaire, Forbes will assign a ‘Self-Made Score’, which ranks a Billionaire’s ability to generate their wealth on their own accord, as opposed to inheritance. This criterion of measurement seems custom made for McMahon who elevated himself from an 8-foot wide trailer in North Carolina, all the way to defining the entire genre of Sports Entertainment and writing the blueprint for PPV, inspiring the likes of UFC, Boxing and more.

McMahon only narrowly misses out on the perfect 10 score, due to the fact that he purchased the then WWWF from his father in 1982. Whilst Vince largely purchased his father’s company on credit alongside Linda McMahon via their newly formed Titan Sports company, it should be noted that had the couple failed to meet a single balloon payment, the company would have defaulted back to Vince Snr, and Titan Sports would have lost all of its investment.

It was a ballsy move, but one that has paid serious dividends, quite literally.

Vince McMahon’s ownership of the WWF

For years, those who have looked into the shareholdings of WWE have often wondered, why does Vince McMahon control the entire WWE, when he owns,
what would appear to be a minority shareholding?

The reason is best displayed in this graph that shows the difference in share classes. Normal shares and voting shares are worth the exact same financially and will return the same dividend per percentage. But as you have probably guessed, voting shares also carry with them the ability to vote on issues concerning the company. So, whilst Vince may only hold 38% of WWE shares, he controls a whopping 81% of the company’s voting units. A stark reminder to never cross the boss!

He’s worth less than he was

Despite Vince McMahon’s gargantuan net worth, in relative terms, it’s not impressive as his 2019 valuation, which listed VKM at a staggering $3.2 billion. Also, with continually soaring prices and inflation, his current net worth has less purchasing power than his previous all-time high, seeing McMahon go from #296 on the Forbes 400, to dropping off the list completely.

It should also be noted that during the time of his highest valuation, Alpha Entertainment was gearing up for the relaunch of the XFL, the extremely influential, but equally unlucky professional football league.

As revealed in the ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary, the XFL was subject to a series of unfortunate events that ultimately caused its initial demise in 2001.

Unfortunately for McMahon, in its re-birth, the XFL was once again quashed by circumstance, this time by a world-wide pandemic. At least he was able to keep it within his heel corporation stable, selling the rights to one of his proteges, Dwayne The Rock Johnson.

This indefinite hiatus for Alpha Entertainment will have undoubtedly had an effect on McMahon’s net worth and exclusion from the Forbes 400.

The future is bright

Despite the inactivity of Alpha Entertainment and slipping from the Forbes list, we predict Vince McMahon’s valuation will only increase with time. Since appointing new WWE President and Chief Revenue Officer Nick Khan, the big focus has been on optimizing WWE’s balance sheet. And when you own a massive slice of the company, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, with signs of growth already starting to appear.

WWE’s latest quarterly reports have shown a 131% year-on-year increase, which should have a sizable impact on the company’s value and in turn Vince McMahon’s net worth after the next set of annual reports are returned.

Whilst Vince McMahon is a polarizing figure, no one can deny his work ethic, vision and willingness to fight for the prosperity of WWE.