Ariel Emanuel is Chief Executive Officer of Endeavor (NYSE: EDR), a global sports and entertainment company, home to many of the world’s most dynamic and engaging storytellers, brands, live events and experiences.
In 2009, Emanuel orchestrated the largest talent agency merger in history when Endeavor, the original agency he founded in 1995, joined forces with agency William Morris to form William Morris Endeavor (WME). Three years later, WME forged a strategic partnership with Silver Lake, a global leader in private investments in technology. In 2014, the group acquired premier sports, fashion, events and media company IMG before acquiring premier mixed martial arts organization UFC® in 2016 – Emanuel helped accelerate the growing sport’s popularity through a series of blockbuster media rights deals, including a multi-year broadcast partnership with ESPN. UFC® now produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, broadcasting to nearly 900 million TV households across more than 170 countries. One year later, Endeavor was formed as the holding company for the global portfolio of businesses. Since then, Endeavor has been named one of Inc.’s Fastest Growing Companies in America and one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, debuting on the New York Stock Exchange in 2021.
A graduate of Macalester College, Emanuel is an associate member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. He is based in Beverly Hills.