Dana Frederick White, Junior is an entrepreneur and renowned celebrity of the mixed martial arts who is known as the President of the mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). An American businessman Dana Frederick White Junior was born on 28 July, 1969 in Manchester, Connecticut to June and Dana White Senior. Dana Frederick and her sister Kelly was raised by his mother and her family. As a youth he spent his most of the time in travelling between Boston, Las Vegas and Maine and finally he settled in Boston and worked as a bouncer and bellman.
At the age of 17 Dana began Boxing. He liked boxing and competed as an amateur boxer. In late 1990’s he opened gyms and launched workout programs which were a combination of boxing and aerobics. Dana also managed boxers and few Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters. Around 2000 when Dana was working as a manager for Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, he gets to know that Semaphore Entertainment Group, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wants to sell UFC. As Dana was always interested in sports and wants to start his own sports business.
He thought this is an opportunity to give a kick start to his career. But he does not have funds to buy UFC. Then he met his childhood friend Lorenzo Fertitta and his brother Frank Fertitta who were running casino throughout Nevada station casino. They also have interested in boxing and got ready to invest.
Within a month in January 2001, they three have purchased UFC for $2 million. Fertitta brothers created an entity Zuffa LLC to manage and own UFC. White also owns 9% stake in Zuffa. Dana White became the president of UFC and got the fame from interviews, press conferences and supervising fighters facing off. He is known for his aggressiveness and outspokenness who do not hesitate to criticize his own fighter and rivals.
Because of his nature he is always engaged in many feuds with fighters. Dana White’s mother June wrote a book’ Dana White, King of MMA: Dana White an Unauthorized Biography’ in 2011. She called her son “egotistical, self-centered, arrogant, and cruel. Dana White expressed that he is an atheist but he love to do charity. He donated millions of dollars to the people who are in need.
He donated $50000 to Francisco Espinoza Foundation. One day he got a mail from a UFC fan that could he donate some money for the treatment of his 2 year old niece who is suffering from brain tumour and he donated $8000 to that British girl. In 2006, Dana White got married to Anne after dating for so many years.
The couple blessed with three children two boys and one girl named Dana, Aidan and Savannah. Anne does not want to be in spotlight. She spends most of her time with their kids and stay out of public life. He also acted in television series ‘The League’ and ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’. In May 2012, Dana White was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease.
Because of doctor’s advice he missed The UFC on Fuel TV 3: “Korean Zombie vs. Poirier” event, which was the first event he missed in 11 years. Now the symptoms of disease have reduced.
In July 2016, UFC was sold to WME-IMG for $4 billion and Dana White continued his role as president with new owners. Dana received numerous awards and accolades such as Nevada Sportsman of the Year, Leading Man of the Year, Patriot Award, Promoter of the Year Awards, etc.
Education: In 1987, Dana has completed his graduation from Hermon High School in Maine. He attended University of Massachusetts Boston for two years and then left.
Dana Frederick White Jr Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $350 Million US Dollars
The estimated net worth of Dana White is $350 million US dollars as of 2017. He is earning an annual salary of $15 million from UFC. In 2001 Dana with his two friends purchased UFC for $2 million and in 2016 they have sold it in for $4 billion. With this sale he got his share of $180 million.
Dana Frederick White Jr Assets
Dana White has an impressive fleet of cars and bike which includes his favourite black Ranger Rover, black Ferrari and black Bentley. He also owns couple of UFC brand sports bikes. Dana White is living in a million dollar luxurious and beautiful mansion near Las Vegas, Nevada with his family.
Dana Frederick White Jr Business Model
Dana was the brain behind the purchase of UFC when it was tarnished. He saw the potential in MMA sports to become something much bigger, which nobody have seen and turned it into one of the fastest growing sport in the world.
Recently Dana White revealed that the fight between boxing great Floyd Mayweather and UFC champ Conor McGregor is going to become a reality. Earlier he said about Conor that he cannot do big things without UFC.
Dana White started from scratch and within 16 years he with his team converted a $2 million UFC into $4 billion. He work hard to succeed, failed and get up again and achieved success. Dana White is very open to express his view, he is outspoken but a good human being who wants to help people unconditionally.