Ari Emanuel: 10 Things You Should Know About The UFC’s Big Boss


He Has Powerful Siblings

NBC’s Brian Williams once suggested that the three Emanuel brothers are the most prominent public figures from any family in modern-day America, and when you look at their remarkably impressive CV’s it’s not hard to see why.

The Hollywood super-agent is the youngest of the three, with his eldest brother Zeke being a celebrated oncologist and author who once served as a special health advisor during the Obama administration and is considered a world leader in medical ethics, while his other sibling Rahm is the current mayor of Chicago after previously being one of President Clinton’s Senior Advisors and President Obama’s Chief Of Staff.

Having to follow in the footsteps of his two successful brothers may be part of the reason Ari Emanuel has been so driven to succeed himself, but there has always been a strong bond between the three, and together that makes them a force to be reckoned with.

”Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of Ari Emanuel,” an unnamed TV exec admitted to the NYTimes back in 2009, while Emanuel himself stated during an NBC interview with his brothers that, ”If somebody screws with one of us, or a friend or a company, we will be there to defend it.”

  • HeteroFriendly

    “… the unforgettable ‘Ari Gold’ character in the hit TV show, ‘Entourage.’”

    I guess people like that stuff but I dont watch that kind of self promoting hollywood propaganda. I’m not entertained by hollywood bloodsuckers glamorizing themselves.

    But you know I completely forgot that emanuel was in charge of img.
    Its just been the creepshow that its been through its own actions without a name to attach and legitimately explain those actions.

    And his brother rahm is a big political whoopity doo.
    Tell me that control over the media hasn’t been control over politics for the last 50 years.

  • Wabbit

    WME-IMG significantly overpaid for UFC; it had already approached maturity and there is inevitably competition developing. The “product” UFC sells is no longer unique and their ranking system has become chaotic, by pandering to a small number of obnoxious, trash talking “celebrity fighters” egged on by Dana White.

    The UFC will remain in existence but the financial returns WMEE-IMG were expecting, will be a long time coming.

  • All_Seeing_Eye

    Rahm is his sibling? That makes him king douchebag from the start.

  • Bill Wolf

    This is an interesting article with many facts on an important MMA / UFC figure I knew nothing about. That’s great.