2. Income & Salary
McMahon got his start as a promoter and ring announcer in the 1970s, and by 1980 had become chairman of the company. McMahon’s aggressive expansion of the promotion and family-friendly marketing directly led to the boom in professional wrestling in America in the 1980s, with wrestler Hulk Hogan becoming the face of this new trend in the business. Strong attendance and viewership has continued through the 1990s and into the 2000s. The company’s annual Wrestlemania events consistently bring in tens of millions in revenue, with the recent Wrestlemania 29 earning $72 million. The company also takes in about $75 million annualy in TV rights as well as about $48 million in combined revenue from DVD and licensed merchandise sales.