Ariel Zev Emanuel was born on 1961 and is an American businessman and the CEO of Endeavor, an entertainment and media agency that owns the UFC.
14 Facts About Ari Emanuel
Ari Emanuel was a founding partner of the Endeavor Talent Agency and was instrumental in shaping its June 2009 merger with the William Morris Agency.
Ari Emanuel's father, Jerusalem-born Dr Benjamin M Emanuel, is a pediatrician who was active in the Irgun, a Zionist paramilitary group, that operated in Mandatory Palestine during the 1930s and 1940s Ari Emanuel's mother, Marsha Emanuel, was a civil rights activist, and the one-time owner of a Chicago-area rock and roll club.
Ari Emanuel hired tutors and private instructors to give him private reading lessons at home.
In 1996, Ari Emanuel married girlfriend Sarah Hardwick Addington; they have three sons.
Ari Emanuel has been described as a mogul and power player in Hollywood.
Emanuel's relationships with his clients, coupled with his stature in the industry, has led to various homages and parodies over the years, including Bob Odenkirk's character Stevie Grant on The Larry Sanders Show, and Ari Gold, played by Jeremy Piven on the HBO television show Entourage.
In 2011, Ari Emanuel co-founded TheAudience with Sean Parker and Oliver Luckett.
Ari Emanuel has served as a member of Live Nation Entertainment board of directors since September 2007.
Endeavor went public in 2021 with Ari Emanuel owning a stake worth around $480 million according to Bloomberg.
Ari Emanuel donated $2,700 to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential election.
Ari Emanuel tried to extricate Endeavor from a $400 million deal with the Saudi Arabian government.
In October 2022, Ari Emanuel urged businesses to stop working with rapper Kanye West over his antisemitic comments.
Ari Emanuel has helped the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, establish MOCAtv, a dedicated YouTube art channel.