Tony Khan

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Antony Rafiq "Tony" Khan (born October 10, 1982) is an American businessman and sports executive known for his involvement in football, professional wrestling, and soccer. He is a co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) and Fulham F.C. of the English Premier League (EPL).[2] Khan is also the founder, co-owner, president, and CEO of the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) promotion.[3]

Tony Khan
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Khan in August 2019
Born
Antony Rafiq Khan[1]

(1982-10-10) October 10, 1982 (age 38)
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationFinance (B.S.)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
OccupationBusinessman
Sports executive
Known forOwner and chairman of TruMedia Networks
Co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham F.C.
Founder, co-owner, president, and CEO of All Elite Wrestling
Parent(s)

Tony is the son of billionaire Shahid Khan,[4] who purchased the Jaguars in 2011 and Fulham in 2013.

Early lifeEdit

Tony Khan was born on October 10, 1982, in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.[5] His father is Pakistani-American billionaire Shahid Khan and his mother is Ann Carlson Khan.[6] He also has a sister Shanna Khan. Tony graduated from the University Laboratory High School in 2001, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance.[5]

Business venturesEdit

American football and soccerEdit

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Khan joined the Jacksonville Jaguars as co-owner in July 2012,[7] and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Football Technology & Analytics.[8][9]

Fulham F.C.Edit

On February 22, 2017, Khan was named as co-owner and Vice Chairman/Director of Football Operations of Fulham F.C.[10] He oversees the identification, evaluation, recruitment, and signing of players for Fulham.[2][11] Khan assumed these responsibilities following a period of advising the football operations at the club, particularly in the areas of analytics and research.

Professional wrestlingEdit

All Elite WrestlingEdit

In late 2018, Khan,[12] who is a lifelong avid fan of professional wrestling,[13][14][15] filed for several trademarks for a new venture that was shortly thereafter confirmed to be a new professional wrestling promotion, All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Khan and his father, auto parts billionaire Shahid Khan, are the promotion's lead investors.[16][17] The company was officially announced on January 1, 2019, along with its first event, Double or Nothing, which took place on May 25, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan serves as President and CEO of AEW.[18]

On April 25, 2019, Khan revealed the five year plan for AEW where he stated:

The 5-year plan for AEW is firstly, to have built up a brand, secondly to have built up a roster and thirdly, to have established AEW as a top brand in wrestling for an audience who desire fast-paced exciting action and want a product that is more of a sporting based product.[19]

Other business venturesEdit

Khan is also the owner and chairman of TruMedia Networks,[20][21] a Boston-based engineering firm specializing in innovative sports analytics solutions for leagues, franchises, and media partners across the athletic industry.[22][23]

Along with TruMedia Networks, Khan and his family also helped fund Activist Artists Management, a talent management and advisory firm founded in 2018.[24] Khan made a significant investment in the firm, and separately established the Activist content and venture fund focused on investments in media, entertainment, hospitality as well as consumer products, services and technologies.[25]

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FULHAM FOOTBALL CLUB LIMITED Company number 02114486". Companies House - GOV.UK. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Tony Khan". Fulham F.C. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Currier, Joesph (January 1, 2019). "ALL ELITE WRESTLING AND DOUBLE OR NOTHING OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED". Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  4. ^ Albert Chen (December 10, 2012). "Blessed Are the Geeks..." Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Tony Khan". MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Ganguli, Tania. "Shahid Khan has true rags to riches American story". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  7. ^ Ryan O'Halloran (September 12, 2015). "Tony Khan, Shad's son, using passion for analytics, football to help build Jaguars". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Doug Farrar (May 14, 2014). "Jacksonville Jaguars used scouting and stats in harmony during 2014 NFL draft". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Sam Farmer (April 27, 2018). "As soon as NFL draft ends, it's a free-for-all in pursuit of undrafted players who could make a difference". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Ryan O'Halloran (February 23, 2017). "Tony Khan to run Fulham operations, but remain in Jaguars' front office". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Rohan, Tim (October 4, 2017). "24 Hours With... Jaguars Owner Shad Khan". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Who is Tony Khan? Meet the Owner of AEW". www.sportskeeda.com. January 9, 2019. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  13. ^ Dator, James (January 9, 2019). "WWE is seeing its first major competition in 20 years, and they're worried". SBNation.com. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  14. ^ "Fulham owners Shad and Tony Khan announce launch of wrestling company". Metro. January 8, 2019. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  15. ^ "Tony Khan Confirmed As 'All Elite Wrestling' President; Cody Rhodes & Young Bucks' Roles Revealed". ProWrestling.com. January 2, 2019. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  16. ^ Joyner, KC (January 8, 2019). "Jaguars owners backing new wrestling venture". ESPN. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  17. ^ Nason, Josh (January 8, 2019). "Shad Khan confirmed as lead investor in All Elite Wrestling". F4wonline. Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  18. ^ Currier, Joesph (January 1, 2019). "ALL ELITE WRESTLING AND DOUBLE OR NOTHING OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED". Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  19. ^ "MAN WITH A PLAN AEW: Tony Khan reveals five-year plan for All Elite Wrestling and what they'll do differently to WWE". talksport.com. April 25, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  20. ^ "Kendrick Lamar, Aly Raisman And Jake Paul Join Speaker Lineup For 2017 Forbes Under 30 Summit, October 1-4, Boston". Forbes. September 26, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  21. ^ Eric Fisher (April 18, 2018). "Fox Sports Giving NFL "TNF" Equal Footing To Sunday Games". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  22. ^ "Our Story". TruMedia Networks. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  23. ^ Zach Slaton (June 14, 2012). "Changing How We View the Game: ESPN's Stats & Information Group". Forbes. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  24. ^ Tatiana Siegel (April 3, 2018). "Management Shake-Up: Two ROAR Founders Exit to Form New Company". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  25. ^ Melinda Newman (April 3, 2018). "Roar Co-Founders Bernie Cahill And Greg Suess Exit to Form Activist Artists Management: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2018.

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