Stephanie Marie McMahon-Levesque is one of the most influential people in the world of professional wrestling. Born to entertainment baron and wrestling industry giant Vince McMahon Jr. and former US Senate candidate Linda McMahon, she is the illustrious daughter of two highly successful parents.
Her professional portfolio lists her as a businesswoman, wrestling valet, pro-wrestler and minority owner of WWE. In fact Stephanie has the keys to a total of 2,511,071 WWE shares.
These include 609,733 shares of Class B stock held by the Stephanie McMahon Levesque Trust U/A Vincent K. McMahon Irrev. Trust dated. 6/24/04, 1,849,393 shares of Class B stock held by the Stephanie McMahon Levesque Trust U/A Vincent K. McMahon Irrev. Trust dated. 12/23/2008 and 51,945 shares of Class A stock that Stephanie holds personally.
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It is important to note that back in 2013, Stephanie sold about 80,000 WWE stock to build a new house with Triple H. The Celebrities Net Worth website estimates Stephanie’s net worth to be pegged at the $79 million mark.
Stephanie has signed a 3-year deal with the company that compensates her with $325,000 a year deal to work as an in-ring performer. In addition to this, Stephanie receives in excess of $500,000 a year for her role as the company's Chief Brand Officer.
Born on September 24, 1976 in Hartford Connecticut, Stephanie is the fourth generation of McMahons, a family that has been immersed in the wrestling sport for the better part of a century. Like her father, and grandfather before him, she grew up in the wrestling business and developed an interest in the business at a very young age.
Fueled by an ambition to succeed in life, Stephanie broke into the wrestling business at a very early age. She began working for the WWE after graduating from Boston University with a degree in Communications. Stephanie made her debut inside the wrestling ring as diva in 1999 during the peak of the Attitude era in WWE.
She worked in close proximity with a testosterone filled roster of WWE superstars and was involved in a kayfabe relationship with Test. But things turned around for her when she eventually got engaged to Triple H, whom she married both on-screen and in real-life.
Stephanie and Hunter were working together during the McMahon-Helmsley era angle and fell in love with each other during that time.
She began appearing regularly on WWE programming as a part of the Ministry of Darkness storyline with The Undertaker. She also served as a valet for Test, Triple H and Chris Jericho at different points of time in her career.
She won the WWF Women’s Championship once during her career after defeating Jacqueline with the help of Tori and the D-Generation X. She was also honoured with the Woman of the Year award from Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2000.
McMahon went on to become the SmackDown General Manager but stopped appearing regularly on television after an “I Quit” match with Vince McMahon in 2002. She made her comeback to WWE TV in 2008, appearing regularly on Raw as the general manager of Monday Night RAW.
Stephanie shocked the WWE Universe when she turned heel and sided with her husband the night after SummerSlam 2013 crowing Randy Orton as WWE Champion over Daniel Bryan terming it as ‘Best for Business’. The power couple went on to form The Authority and dominated the roster for almost three years.
She returned to in-ring action in SummerSlam 2014 going over Brie Bella in a match that was marred by run-ins from Triple H as well as Nikki Bella.
It is evident that Stephanie owes her immense wealth and fortune to the wrestling business. She has had a career spanning over 15 years and has gradually climbed up the ladders in a competitive world that had been previously ruled by men.
Her achievements, both in and out of the ring have inspired others to follow in the footsteps and earned her the moniker of the ‘Billion Dollar Princess’. She now heads the red brand as the Commissioner of Monday Night RAW with the expertise of Mick Foley as General Manager to help her run things.
She is also the Chief Brand Officer for WWE. She is responsible for leading WWE's efforts and brand reputation among key constituencies including investors, media, business partners, and advertisers as well as marketing mom and kids initiatives.
It is almost a certainty that she will inherit the company after Vince and will continue to expand the WWE brand around the globe.
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