Wrestling fans may know Linda McMahon as the wife of Vince McMahon, the former CEO of WWE, and the one who lost two consecutive candidatures for the Senate. But there is so much more to know about her and how she and her husband went from poverty to wealth and created a billion dollar empire.
She was instrumental in the growth of WWE early in the promotion and worked in every way possible with her husband to make WWE what it is today.
The added responsibility of raising two children while running a global promotion is an inspiring story everyone should know. With that said, here are ten facts fans should know about Linda McMahon.
ten She grew up like a tomboy
Linda McMahon grew up in a conservative Baptist family in New Bern, North Carolina, as the only daughter of Evelyn and Henry Edwards. She grew up as a tomboy and competed in basketball and baseball while attending New Bern High School.
This could be one of the reasons she made several physical spots in the ring during her time as a WWE on-screen figure, including taking on a Tombstone Piledriver from Kane and a Stunner from ‘Stone Cold’. Steve Austin.
She has also raised her children the same way she grew up, as we’ve seen Stephanie take part in several games and Shane jump high structures over the years.
9 She married Vince McMahon when she was only 17
Linda met Vince McMahon at a church when she was 13, and he was 16. Their two mothers worked together in the same building and became good friends in the process.
Vince spent a lot of time in Linda’s parents’ house during this time and he loved the sense of stability he felt in them after living with several abusive stepfathers.
They dated throughout their high school years and Vince asked her to marry him right after Linda graduated. She was only 17 at the time and they were married on August 26, 1966.
8 She wanted to become a French teacher and a pediatrician
Linda McMahon is one of the greatest female entrepreneurs in the world, however, this was not the career path she wanted to take in her early years. She was a high school student and aspired to be a pediatrician, but her plans changed when she married after graduation.
She then enrolled at East Carolina University in 1966 and obtained a bachelor’s degree in French and certification to teach. She wanted to pursue a career as a French teacher, but circumstances led her to choose a different path, which ultimately led her and Vince McMahon to create WWE.
seven She worked as a receptionist
With her BA in French, she landed a job as a receptionist at Covington & Burling, a Washington DC-based law firm, in 1969. She translated documents into French at the company during its early stages.
She then began training as a paralegal in their estates department and learned about intellectual property rights. This would help her later in her WWE duties as she handled administration with Vince McMahon for the first few years and primarily dealt with trademark protection for the company.
6 She and Vince McMahon once filed for bankruptcy
McMahon family and bankruptcy are two words that don’t go well together as they are one of the richest families in the world. But it happened in 1976 when things got tough for Vince & Linda as they had to file for bankruptcy while she was pregnant with Stephanie.
They were given food stamps for a short time until Vince McMahon accepted a 90 hour a week job in a career. She used this rags-to-riches story during her campaigns for the Senate, however, she did not reveal the events that led them to file for bankruptcy in the first place.
5 She was cooking meatball sandwiches for the fans
Vince McMahon decided to start his own wrestling promotion in 1979 and bought the Cape Cod Coliseum in Massachusetts. The McMahon family founded Titan Sports Inc. in 1980, which is the parent company of WWE.
The McMahons used the Cape Cod Coliseum primarily for WWE shows, but they also hosted small hockey games and other sporting events.
Linda McMahon had close contact with the fans who were handing out tickets and at one point cooked meatball sandwiches for the fans who attended the various events they hosted there.
4 She knew Vince McMahon’s business
Any WWE fan would remember the days when Vince McMahon reserved angles of physical contact with female superstars. He’s had such moments with superstars like Trish Stratus, Stacy Keibler, Torrie Wilson, Dawn Marie, Candice Michelle and a few others.
He even had a story of him having an illegitimate son in an extramarital affair. But what is surprising is that Vince McMahon himself admitted during an interview with Playboy in 2001 that he had had affairs when Linda McMahon was fully aware of them.
3 She was responsible for WWE’s first action figures
Most hardcore wrestling fans these days would have a collection of WWE action figures in their house. They are one of WWE’s best-selling items and we can give Linda McMahon full credit for showcasing the company’s first action figures.
Linda McMahon negotiated most of WWE’s deals with outside vendors during the company’s early years and was instrumental in creating WWE’s first line of action figures, Wrestling Superstars in 1984. She got the idea when she saw how much Shane McMahon loved playing with his GI Joes, and it led her to design the WWE action figures.
2 She has a net worth of $ 1.6 billion
Although Vince McMahon owns most of their family’s assets to give Linda some security against political charges, she still has a net worth of $ 1.6 billion.
Linda McMahon is said to own just under 1% of WWE’s shares while her husband owns almost 42%. But all the same, her share of shares in the company is worth $ 37 million, which makes her one of the wealthiest members of Donald Trump’s cabinet.
Vince and Linda McMahon made a joint financial disclosure in 2017, which showed billions in assets, including investments in hedge funds, WWE stocks, real estate and other forms of property.
1 She spent $ 100 million of her own money on failed Senate campaigns
Linda McMahon left WWE in 2009 to run for a seat in the United States Senate from Connecticut in the 2010 midterm election as a Republican. She lost 11% of the elections to Democrat Richard Blumenthal.
She ran for the seat again in 2012 and lost to Democrat Chris Murphy, marking her second straight loss in her candidacy for a Senate seat.
She reportedly spent $ 100 million of her own money in her two failed campaigns. But that in no way deterred her as she was the head of the Small Business Administration in Donald Trump’s government.
While fans can take it or leave it when it comes to on-screen McMahons, there have been some awesome WWE moments featuring the family.
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