Triple H is one of those names in professional history about whom the perception has been strikingly contrasting in two different decades.
At the peak of his power as a full-time active competitor, he was the subject of unflattering and uncomplimentary remarks for using his leverage and backstage power in the company, lobbying to further his own cause and career and withholding more deserving wrestlers from reaching the promise land at his expense.
Over the years, those sentiments have somewhat dissipated owing to a prominent role played by ‘Hunter’ in growth and the success of NXT and everything that came with it.
The primary goal of any individual from any walk of life is to be at the very top.
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Triple H was not only on the top of the wrestling world for an extended period of time as an in-ring competitor but he could possibly be on top of the WWE from a non-wrestling standpoint, poised to be the heir apparent to replace Vincent K McMahon as the head honcho of the multi-million dollar conglomerate.
After being a part of professional wrestling’s landscape for almost a quarter of a century now, he is amongst the world’s richest professional wrestlers with an estimated net worth of $25m.
Triple H was born and brought up in Nashua, New Hampshire as Paul Michael Levesque. He took to bodybuilding at a very early age of 14 and was also awarded the title of Mr Teenage New Hampshire in 1988. He was trained by late Killer Kowalski, whose promotion he also wrestled in his early years. Later, he wrestled for numerous promotions along the East Cost for 2 years.
The early sign of Levesque being a smart businessman was when he shrewdly negotiated a one-year deal for himself with WCW where he wrestled as Jean Paul Levesque. After his release from the Atlanta-based promotion, he was immediately hired by the WWE.
It is with the WWE that he has amassed almost all of his wealth, wrestling under the name of ‘Connecticut Blueblood’ Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Hunter Hearst Helmsley and then finally Triple H.
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He has been involved in some memorable feuds over the years with the likes of The Rock, Stone Cold Austin, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, John Cena and Daniel Bryan. His impressive resume includes WWE Championship reigns, World Championship reigns, Intercontinental Championship reigns,Tag Team Championship reigns, King of the Ring win and couple of Royal Rumble wins.
A large portion of his income over the years has been by the way of being a contracted talent which has steadily risen to $1m annually in terms of base salary. Apart from the base salary, like many other WWE Superstars, he also receives a chunk from bonuses in terms of merchandising,licensing and live event revenues.
However, he was formally awarded an executive position in the company as the Executive Senior Advisor in 2010. A year later, he was named the Executive Vice President, Talent and Live events. More than 3 years later, he was promoted and was given a creative role as the Executive Vice President, Talent Creative and Live Events.
Basically, Triple H wears a lot of hats these days. In 2012, he also shifted his focus on revamping NXT, serving as its founder, executive producer and creative. As the number of hats increased (or he got a new hat), so did his income.
Now a much larger proportion of his total earnings comes for fulfilling his duties as an executive while he still receives his guaranteed compensation of a $1m as a contracted talent and on-screen character along with the cuts.
Triple H also has his personal wealth tied in WWE shares whose worth ranges from $600K-$750K.
HHH’s executive base salary is reportedly around $573K which is heavily augmented by the bonus structure which yields him an almost identical amount in addition to that base. Combining his estimated numbers as a performer and an executive, the number jumps to $2.8m which is projected to increase beyond $3m mark next year
The Cerebral Assassin lives in a lavish real estate in Weston, Connecticut with a giant pool, advanced gymnasium and other amenities. He also owns a collection of automobiles ranging from BMV, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota. He has also lent his talent to the entertainment industry appearing in several movies and guest appearing in TV shows.
Needless to say, Triple H has had an undeniably impressive career and with such a commendable body of work, both inside the ring and as an executive and as part of creative, it is hardly surprising that Hunter has accumulated $25m as his net worth.
A first-ballot Hall of Famer and the day might not be far away when the King of Kings gets to sit on the WWE Throne.
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