Don King, also known as Donald King, is an American boxing promoter well known for his wild hairstyle and even wilder personality. Born in Cleveland on August 20, 1931, King dropped out of Kent State University after a couple of semesters to pursue a job in an illegal bookkeeping operation. King was charged with killing two people in his life, one justifiable homicide and one second-degree murder after stomping a former employee to death. The latter was reduced to non-negligent manslaughter, but he was still forced to serve 4 years in prison for the attack.
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2. Income & Salary
King created his name in the boxing world after he was able to promote and set up a championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman known as the “Rumble in the Jungle.” With the help of the government of Zaire, where the fight was set at, King was able to get the winning purse set at a record-breaking $10 million. After the massive success that the “Rumble in the Jungle” was, King followed it up with the “Thrilla in Manila” between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. The success of these two fights and King’s work on the side resulted in King having massive success with a large roster of fighters he brought into his fold, including Mike Tyson and Terry Norris.
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3. Estimated Net Worth
With King’s past successes and current earnings due to his role as the publisher of the Call and Post, King’s net worth currently exceeds $150 million. King still is promoting fights to this day, but nowhere near the scale or popularity of his fights at his prime.