Don King
Don King

Don King is a renowned American boxing promoter who is widely known for his involvement in historic boxing matchups. However, he has been a highly controversial figure due to a manslaughter conviction in part but was later pardoned while, on the other hand, due to the many civil cases against him.

Quick Biography

Don King was born on the 20th of August 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio, the U.S, to his parents Clarence King and Hattie King. Don went to John Adams High, where he graduated in 1951. He later joined the Kent State University but would not live to see graduation as he quit. After leaving university, Don started running an illegal bookmaking operation from the basement of a record store on Kinsman Road.

It was after school that he had 2 cases separate in 13 years, one of shooting a man on the back and the other of fatally striking an employee to death due to the money the employee owed him. He was jailed, and after four years in jail, he was pardoned. He says that while in prison, he read everything that could be read.

Quick Summary

Full Name/Real Name: Donald King
Age: 88 years old
Birth Date: 20 August 1931
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality: American
Religion: N/A
Parents: Clarence King and Hattie King
Spouse: Henrietta (died-2010)
Children: Deborah King, Carl King, Eric King
Height: 1.87 m
Weight: 85 kg
Profession: Boxing promoter
Net Worth in 2020: $170 million

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

At the age of 88, Don features a height of 1.87 m. On the other hand, he features a weight of 85 kg. Don further features a black hair color as well as a brown eye color.

Education, School/College University

Don went to John Adams High, where he graduated in 1951. He later joined the Kent State University but would not live to see graduation as he quit. After leaving university, Don started running an illegal bookmaking operation from the basement of a record store on Kinsman Road.

Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion & Political Views

Don King was born to his parents Clarence King and Hattie King. When his father, who was a steelworker, was killed during a steel mill explosion, he was left with six siblings together with his mother.

King has been politically active. While he supported the election of George W Bush, he later endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 as well as in the 2012 presidential elections. Later after his buddy Trump was running for the presidency, he was there for him.

Married, Relationship, Dating, Affair, Girlfriend, Wife, Children

In 1959 Don King married his wife, Henrietta, who died on December 2, 2010, when she was the age of 87 after almost 50 years of being together. Together they had a daughter named Debbie, while on the other hand, they adopted two sons, namely, Carl and Eric. From his childhood, he has five grandchildren.

Relationship Statistics

Marital status? (single, married, in relation or divorced): Single
When did he get married? (married date): 1959
Does he have any relationship affair? N/A
Is Don King Gay? No
Wife/Spouse? (name): Henrietta (died-2010)
Kids: Deborah King, Carl King, Eric King

After brushing with the courts as well as the jails and was pardoned, he formed an alliance with Don Elbaum, who was a famous local promoter experienced in the world of boxing. In 1974 he negotiated a match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, which generated forth a lot of expectations. An agreement with the government of Zaire made him beat his competitors in organizing the event where he secured a collection, then record, of 10 million dollars.

Later, King induced Carl Lombardo in financing hos program for $ 1.3 million, while Techniques parted with $200,000. While Chuck Wepner went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, he knocked him down in the ninth round; thus, the unheralded title challenger for the WBA and WBC heavyweight world champions crowns in that year, 1975.

It’s after this that King solidified his position as the dominant boxing during his with the third fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in Manila, capital of the Philippines.

The main highlights of his career involve, in addition to many other enterprises, promoting “The Rumble in the Jungle” and the “Thrilla in Manila.” Donald King, on the other hand, promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, like as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., and as well as Marco Antonio Barrera.

Awards & Nominations

King was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, from the University President Dr. Arthur E. Thomas for his charity works. On the other hand, he is inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame.

Don King Net Worth, Income & Salary In 2020

Don King Net Worth
Don King Net Worth

As of March 2020, Don has an estimated net worth of around $170 million from his career as a Boxing promoter

Rumors and Controversy/Scandal

King has been faced numerous lawsuits from a number of his boxers as well as his murder cases in addition to Mike Tyson, who sued him for $100 million in 1996 but agreed for an out of court settlement of $14.

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Don King Facebook page has no fan likes, and his Twitter account has no followers. On Don King Instagram account, he has no followers, while on YouTube, Don King has no subscribers.

Even though he is a controversial man, he continues to be a love of needy people. King, through his humble heart, has been involved in an annual turkey giveaway each Christmas for several years where he distributes two thousand free turkeys to needy South Floridians.

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