Fortune Magazine (via CNN Money) ran a feature on Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney this past week. The article covers Rebneyís background from construction defect attorney to CEO of a MMA organization.
Rebneyís passion for MMA had him criss-crossing the country looking for investors and going into personal debt. A meeting with a hedge fund contact that trained in the sport got Rebneyís foot in the door and he has been building Bellator ever since. With Viacomís investment into the company in 2011 and its move to Spike TV in 2013, the company appears to be on the upswing.
Weíve seen two MMA features in mainstream business magazines within the past two weeks. The first was Fast Companyís feature on the rise of the UFC. Now, we see a personal feature on Bellatorís boss. The backstory of these companies to get to where each is now is remarkable and entrepreneurial successes to say the least.