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Tony Khan is an American businessman, promoter and sports executive. He is best known for being the founder and co-owner of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), an organisation in which he also holds the important positions of president, chief executive, general manager and executive producer of the promotion.

The son of an auto parts self-made billionaire, Khan is also involved in American football and Association football.

Tony Khan biography

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Antony Rafiq Khan was born on October 10, 1982, in Urbana–Champaign, Illinois, United States of America. He had his secondary school education at the University Laboratory High School in 2001. In 2007, he graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance.

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Tony Khan career

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Khan has been a fan of pro wrestling since when he was a teenager. In July 2012, he joined the leadership of Jacksonville Jaguars, an American  National Football League (NFL) club purchased by his father, Shahid Khan. Khan serves as Senior President of Football and Analytics. On February 22, 2017, Khan was named vice-chairman and director of football operations of the English Premier League club, Fulham FC.

In April 2018, Khan filed for several trademarks for a new company in a pro wrestling promotion. This company turned out to be AEW, which made its official debut in 2019. AEW was inspired by a comment that renowned American journalist, Dave Meltzer, made in 2017. A fan had asked the Wrestling Observer Newsletter journalist on Twitter if another American pro wrestling promotion company, Ring of Honor (ROH) could sell 10,000 tickets and Meltzer responded: “Not any time soon.” 

Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks, ROH wrestlers, challenged the statement by holding an event called “All In” in September 2018, featuring stars from ROH, Indies and other big free agents. The show sold out more than 11,000 tickets within 30 minutes of going live and led to the promotion of AEW. Rhodes and The Young Bucks also served as the Co-executive Vice Presidents of the company. AEW has grown to become a top rival for Vince McMahon’s WWE, the world’s largest professional wrestling company.

Khan has also worked with other promotions such as Impact Wrestling, RevPro Wrestling, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. These companies continue organising mutual pay-per-view (PPV) matches such as Forbidden Door. On March 2, 2022, he announced that he had bought ROH which he currently operates alongside AEW.

In addition, Khan is the owner and chairman of TruMedia Networks, a Boston-based engineering firm that specialises in analytics for the athletic sports industry. Under his leadership, TruMedia has expanded its sports analytics engineering services, with clients including ESPN, the National Football League, Zebra Technologies and over 60 per cent of all Major League Baseball clubs. Khan and his family also operate Activist Artists Management, a talent management and advisory firm founded in 2018.

Tony Khan’s net worth

According to Sportskeeda, Khan has an estimated net worth of $1 billion as of the time of writing this article.

Tony Khan family

Tony Khan with his father

Tony Khan comes from a wealthy of family  Pakistani-American descent. His mother is Ann Carlson, an American,  while his father is the renowned Pakistani-American billionaire, Shahid Khan.

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Sahid Khan began his career by working for auto parts manufacturer, Flex-N-Gate. He later bought the company from his former boss in 1980. Under his leadership, the company now has 69 plants across the globe. In 2012, he bought Jacksonville Jaguars for $770 million and bought Fulham FC for $300,000. Sahid Khan now has an estimated net worth of $12.2 billion, according to Forbes.

Tony Khan also has a sister, Shanna Noelle Khan, who is the co-owner of a specialised packaging design organisation, United Marketing Company.

Tony Khan age

Khan is 40 years old as of 2023.

Tony Khan Instagram

Tony Khan has a verified Instagram account where he posts content on his companies. The account has about 194,000 followers as of the time of this piece.

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