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How rich is Paul Heyman?

Name: Paul Heyman

Born: September 11, 1965

Occupation: Entrepreneur, professional wrestling manager and media personality

Paul Heyman, fair use
Paul Heyman, fair use

Paul Heyman was born on September 11, 1965 in Westchester County, New York. He is the son of Sulamita Heyman, a Holocaust survivor, and Richard S. Heyman, a personal injury attorney.

Paul would graduate from Edgemont High School. He attended SUNY Purchase and Westchester Community College. The latter was where he honed his craft and earned the reputation of being opinionated and controversial as he worked as a radio host.

He is married to Marla and they have two children, Jacob and Azalea.

Paul started his very own business at the tender age of 11. He ran a mail order business that sold celebrity and sports memorabilia from his home. His real passion, however, was professional wrestling. Though still a teenager, he was able to go backstage at a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) event at Madison Square Garden, working as a photojournalist. Paul would then begin to publish his own newsletter called The Wrestling Times Magazine. He also wrote for wrestling publications, including Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

Not yet fully entrenched in the wrestling world, Paul earned a producer and promoter gig for Studio 54, a legendary New York City nightclub.

After working the various wrestling territories, he worked for Jim Crockett Promotions, where he managed the Original Midnight Express and “Mean” Mark Callous. This helped him earn a role as an announcer, alongside legend Jim Ross, for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Paul was fired from WCW in 1993.

Paul would go to the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)’s Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW). With a little maneuvering and some sly work on the part of Paul, it would become Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), a more violent and modern take on the pro-wrestling tradition. Despite its immense popularity, ECW filed for bankruptcy.

In 2001, Paul rejoined Jim Ross as commentator for WWE. A year later, he would become the lead writer for SmackDown!, but was dismissed in 2003 because he had beaten the company’s flagship show, Monday Night Raw, in the ratings. In 2002, Paul started to manage Brock Lesnar. In 2003, Paul would serve as the general manager of SmackDown! and then the head booker of Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). Following a dismal launch of a re-branded ECW, Paul left and started a multimedia project called Heyman Hustle. However, Paul returned to the WWE in 2012 and, once again, managed Brock Lesnar and CM Punk.

We estimate that Paul Heyman’s net worth is $10 million (2015).

So how much is $10 million really?

$10 million can pay for the WWE contract of Brock Lesnar. $10 million is also a lot more than what Vince McMahon purchased WCW for in 2001. $10 million could buy you a front-row ticket to every single Monday Night Raw, SmackDown! and pay-per-view for years to come.


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