Who is he?
Dana White is the acting president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, known better as UFC. He managed to grow a small enterprise into a multibillion-dollar giant, and is responsible for the popularization of fighting sports like MMA over the past decade and a half. In this article, we will examine his life, business, and net worth. Read on to learn more about him.
Early Life and Biography
Dana Frederick White Jr. was born in Manchester, Connecticut, on July 28, 1969. He and his sitter were raised by a single mother, since their father left the family while they were very young. They moved back and forth and moved between Maine, Boston, and Las Vegas. Dana graduated from the Hermon High School in Main, in the year 1987.
He started his career as the manager of both Chuck Liddell and Tito Oritz, two MMA fighters. Through his business contacts, he found out that UFC was up for sale and contacted the two buyers, who made him the president after they bought it. They sold the company in 2016 but he held on to his position. The first live fight took place in 1997, Dana became the resident in 2001, and in 2010, the revenue was almost $223 million.
As the president, he managed to spread the sport and the company to 175 countries and more than 100 facilities. His pay-per-view fights reached a billion households, and the fights are among the most popular and followed in Vegas. He even spread the industry with things like PRIDE fighting, female MMA, and The Ultimate Fighter reality TV show.
Dana White is married to Anne Stella whom he met in the eighth grade. They married in 1996 and have three children together, sons Dana III and Aidan, and one daughter, Savanah. The White family values privacy and Dana does everything in his power to keep them away from the press. He bought his first property in Las Vegas in 2006 for $1.95 million, and from October of 2016 to June of 2017, he bought three more properties in the area for a total of more than $6.2 million. He plans to build a mega complex for his family there.
Thanks to his amazing career and involvement in the fighting sport industry, his UFC presidency, and all the things he has done for MMA, Dana White has a large wealth to his name. As of the start of 2020, his net worth is estimated to be more than $500 million. Since he always plans ahead and has many tricks up his sleeve for the future, his success and wealth are bound to increase.