McMahon was raised in North Carolina by a wrestling promoter, per Forbes. His father, also named Vincent McMahon, founded WWE (then a regional league called Capitol Wrestling Co.). McMahon's grandfather Jesse also worked in wrestling.Before joining the family business full-time, McMahon graduated from East Carolina University, per Forbes.With McMahon at the helm, WWE went from a regional operation into a global phenomenon with events broadcast in 150 countries, according to Forbes.WWE used heavily scripted matches featuring a revolving cast of characters to build a base of loyal fans willing to pay monthly for access to WWE's streaming service. Bloomberg reported in 2018 that the WWE Network was the 11th most popular streaming service in the nation, with 1.5 million subscribers.There was a time when it came across as seedy, kind of playing to barroom brawls, McMahon's daughter Stephanie told Bloomberg in 2018. Our lines of business are really more akin to Disney than they are to anything else.McMahon encapsulate[s] a thuggish old-school CEO, Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey told Bloomberg in February.He even gets involved in the league's various storylines. McMahon often appears in the ring as Mr. McMahon, a persona very similar to his real-life one, per The Washington Post. McMahon's character in the ring was once described by Bleacher Report's Mike Chiara as a jerk boss persona who had a ton of power, and he abused for the sole purpose of making people's lives miserable.LightShed Partners analyst Brandon Ross wrote in early 2020, before the onset of the pandemic, that McMahon needed to loosen his creative grip because WWE's creative process required significant overhaul, according to Bloomberg.In a critical segment on WWE on Last Week Tonight in 2019, John Oliver reported that WWE athletes have higher premature death rates than even NFL players, who studies suggest often suffer high rates of brain injuries.Oliver called McMahon morally subterranean for not guaranteeing WWE talent health insurance, retirement accounts, or paid leave and worker's compensation if they get injured, and aired interviews with athletes who said they continued to work while injured because they could not afford to take time off.Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang echoed Oliver's critiques on Twitter in September, adding that WWE prevents wrestlers from using their likenesses to profit through third parties.Come on, Vince — you've already deprived the folks breaking their backs for you of healthcare, security, recovery time, retirement benefits and fair treatment re: licenses and royalties, Yang tweeted. At least let them make a living off their own names. Many of them need it.The criticism has only escalated during the pandemic. In April, early in the pandemic, while other professional sports shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus, WWE went ahead with its signature WrestleMania event without a live audience, the AP reported. WWE said it modified its production process to film with only essential staff, but the BBC reported that the league could have done more to limit interpersonal contact on set, including limiting matches to two wrestlers and using static cameras instead of manually operated ones.Despite mounting criticism, WWE executives said the show had to go on because people need to be entertained, according to the BBC.Multiple WWE employees eventually tested positive for COVID-19, including announcers Renee Young and Kayla Braxton and producers Adam Pearce and Jamie Noble, per Forbes.Before WWE, McMahon and his wife Linda invested in a struggling construction company in the 1970s on the advice of their then-accountant, she said during a Small Business Week event livestreamed on Facebook in 2017, according to CNBCWe signed personally on some loans from the bank to float that business for a while, and we didn't understand [the industry], McMahon said, according to CNBC. It went belly up. … We tried for over a year to pay off the loans and we just couldn't do it anymore, so we had to declare bankruptcy.The couple lost their home and Linda's car during the bankruptcy proceedings, per CNBC.McMahon has known the president for years, according to NPR. Trump even appeared at a WWE event in 2007, where he tackled McMahon to the ground and shaved his head.The billionaires' relationship isn't just personal, however. McMahon and his wife gave millions to both Trump's 2016 campaign and his now-defunct foundation, according to Politico.After Trump took office in 2017, Linda was appointed to the top spot at the Small Business Administration, where she served until April 2019, NPR reported. Linda McMahon has done an incredible job, Trump said after her resignation, per NPR. She has been a superstar.Linda McMahon now runs the pro-Trump super PAC called America First Action, The Washington Post reported. Before launching her career in politics, Linda McMahon was a WWE executive and ran two failed campaigns for a Connecticut Senate seat, according to Politico.The McMahons have two children, per Forbes. Daughter Stephanie is WWE's chief brand officer and is married to wrestler Paul Triple H Levesque, Bloomberg reported. Son Shane also works for WWE.McMahon's upstart football league, called the XFL, played a single season in 2001 that Business Insider's James Pasley described as a violent and sexualized version of the NFL. The league made its big comeback this past February but was forced it to cancel its season just five weeks in because of the pandemic. The company filed for bankruptcy in March, and laid off nearly all of its employees.Dwayne Johnson, along with his ex-wife and business partner, Dany Garcia, and private investment firm RedBird Capital, bought the league ahead of its scheduled bankruptcy auction in August for a reported $15 million.WWE shares plunged more than 40% between December and when the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the United States in March, Bloomberg reported.Certainly, the pandemic didn't help, cutting into ticket sales from live events, but WWE had troubles coming into 2020.Bloomberg reported in February that the wrestling league's ticket sales and share price were both in freefall because it had oversaturated its audience with seven hours of programming each week, and McMahon was hindering WWE's recovery by refusing to switch up the company's business model.WWE's struggles put McMahon in such a financial bind that the billionaire signed a prepaid variable forward contract with Morgan Stanley in March, allowing him to receive cash in exchange for agreeing to sell shares in March 2024, per Bloomberg. McMahon's net worth dropped so much that he lost his spot on the Forbes 400 ranking of the wealthiest Americans. Forbes now estimates his fortune at $1.7 billion.