VINCE McMAHON did not become a billionaire wrestling boss through luck.
No, the WWE supremo has built a multi-billion pound empire through a mind-boggling commitment to work – and 3am sessions in the gym.
Even at 75, McMahon, who lives in a sprawling £32million mansion, shows no sign of slowing down.
Just don't ask him for a photo.
Arn Anderson, who had a close relationship with Ric Flair throughout his wrestling career, recently revealed what McMahon's normal day is like.
Anderson, 62, worked as a producer for WWE until last year so would have had regular interaction with the boss.
Asked about McMahon's typical day, Anderson said he never saw the wrestling CEO pose for photos or sign autographs.
But he did note his almost fanatical commitment to work.
He said on the Arn podcast: "He kind of functions in his own bubble. It probably goes something like this.
"Now, I'm not saying this is a bad thing. You judge it, but [he's] got a gym in his house, gets up early in the morning, gets a workout, has a limo to pick him up to take him to the airport, walks up the steps to a private plane, goes to the town, gets out of the limo [and] goes straight to building. He walks straight into his office.
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"From his office, he goes straight into the meeting room where he'll spend most of the afternoon.
"When it's time, shows over, [he goes] straight to another limo, straight to the private plane [goes] next to the next town, straight to the hotel that they're staying at, comfy hotel.
"And around three or four in the morning, he'll go to the gym again. To the next morning, repeat. That's pretty much the day and the life of Vince McMahon, I think.
"From what I gathered and heard, that's pretty accurate. So, that doesn't leave time for autographs [and] pictures, handshaking."
McMahon grew up "dirt poor" by his own account and lived in a trailer.
He suffered beatings from his violent stepdad and said of him: "It’s unfortunate that he died before I could kill him. I would have enjoyed that."
McMahon fell in love with wrestling after being taken to a show by his biological father, Vincent, who he did not meet until he was 12.
That instant connection sparked a lifelong dream and he assumed control of the company (then known as WWF) in 1982.
McMahon bought out rivals WCW and ECW and still runs WWE day-to-day in his dual roles of chairman and CEO.
At one point facing bankruptcy, McMahon has turned WWE into the biggest wrestling company.
Its net worth in 2020 is estimated to be around £4.6billion with McMahon's own personal fortune put at an eye-watering £1.6bn.
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