Tuesday, August 16, 2022

UFC Announces That 23 Celebrities, Including Ben Affleck, Are Now Part Owners

Late Thursday night, it was announced on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show that as part of talent agency/entertainment company WME-IMG’s purchase of the UFC, 23 celebrities, almost all of whom are WME-IMG clients and include O’Brien, are now minority owners of the promotion. The full list is, in alphabetical order by first name:

  • Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye (Musician)
  • Adam Levine (Musician/TV personality)
  • Anthony Kiedis (Musician)
  • Ben Affleck (Actor/director/activist)
  • Calvin Harris (Musician)
  • Cam Newton (Football player)
  • Conan O’Brien (Comedian/TV personality)
  • Flea (Musician)
  • Guy Fieri (Chef/TV personality)
  • Jimmy Kimmel (Comedian/TV personality)
  • Li Na (Tennis player)
  • LL COOL J (Musician/TV personality)
  • Maria Sharapova (Tennis player)
  • Mark Wahlberg (Actor/producer)
  • Michael Bay (Director/producer)
  • Rob Dyrdek (Skateboarder/TV personality)
  • Robert Kraft (Presumably the musician and not the business mogul)
  • Serena Williams (Tennis player)
  • Sylvester Stallone (Actor/director/producer)
  • Tom Brady (Football player)
  • Trey Parker (South Park co-creator)
  • Tyler Perry (Actor/writer/director/producer)
  • Venus Williams (Tennis player)

Ari Emanuel, WME-IMG’s co-chief executive, told The Wall Street Journal that he approached clients who he knew were MMA fans about investing. “They would always ask for tickets.”

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