Don King

Don King is known as a former American boxing promoter that was famous for being involved in historic boxing fights. During his career, he has been a controversial figure because of the legal battles he has fought in. He had a manslaughter conviction and was also involved in civil court cases.

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Donald King was born on August 20, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio. While he was growing up in Cleveland, he considered becoming a lawyer and having a career in the court room. To fund his college education, he became a numbers runner. Even though it was illegal to manage betting slips, he didn’t let the moral grey area stop him. He quickly became one of the leading racketeers in Cleveland as he rose up the ranks.

For his college education, he attended Western Reserve University in Cleveland for a year. School was not enough to keep him interested as he quit to concentrate on his numbers business after just a short time in college.


The flamboyant King was outspoken and had his hair styled to stand straight up so that he could draw attention to himself as a loud boxing promoter. He first came to the national spotlight with his promotion of the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire.

Quick Facts
Birth Date: 20 Aug, 1931
Age: 88 yrs
Occupations: Entrepreneur
Record producer
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Cleveland
Gender: Male
Description: American boxing promoters
Net Worth 2021: 150 million
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Last Modified: Jun 28 2020
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