Ari Emanuel

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - SCENE -

CO-CEO, WME-IMG

Na­tion­al­ity: Amer­i­can

When Emanuel’s Wil­liam Mor­ris En­deav­our bought IMG he and his part­ner Pa­trick White­sell in­her­ited one of golf’s big­gest em­pires, founded by Arnold Palmer’s agent Mark McCor­mack.

New ter­ri­to­ries: IMG just bought fight­ing fran­chise UFC and has am­bi­tions to cre­ate and own ev­ery­thing from

Hol­ly­wood movies to ma­jor sports events.

What about golf? IMG still man­ages many of the world’s top play­ers, and buys and sells rights for the Euro­pean Tour and R&A, but golf is now more of a sideshow than the main event. It’s not the same busi­ness founded on Arnie’s hand­shake.

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