"Women rule the world. We just let men think they do." - Stephanie McMahon, January 2010
Stephanie McMahon Levesque, better known by her maiden name Stephanie McMahon, is the daughter of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Chairman Vince McMahon and former WWE CEO Linda McMahon. She is the wife of Paul "Triple H" Levesque and the sister of Shane McMahon. McMahon-Levesque regularly appeared on WWE television between 1999 and 2003, and has made several appearances since then. She is both a former WWE Women's Champion and a former SmackDown General Manager.
Stephanie was born on September 24, 1976 in Hartford, Connecticut. At the age of 13, she appeared in then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF) merchandise catalogs, modeling T-shirts and hats. Later, Stephanie attended Boston University, where she earned a degree in Communications. After graduating in 1998, she began working for the WWF full time.
In her early years with the company, Stephanie did reception work, creative design, television production, and acted as a ring performer. After spending time as the Director of Television Writing, a job she had by 2002, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Creative Writing in 2006.
Stephanie was promoted to Executive Vice President, Talent and Creative Writing in May 2007. Later on she began supervising the Live Events Department and her title was changed to EVP, Creative Writing, Talent Relations & Live Events . In that position she was responsible for overseeing the creative writing process for all television and pay-per-view programming and managing the Talent Relations and Live Events departments.
In December 2008, Stephanie's title was changed to Executive Vice President, Creative Development & Operations. In that role she was responsible for overseeing the creative process for all television and pay-per-view programming as well as directing and producing at WWE televised events.
In October of 2011, her title was changed again to Executive Vice President, Creative. Stephanie oversaw the creative development of all WWE television, pay-per-view programming, print, digital and social media content with the directing and producing duties going to her husband, Paul Levesque who had been named EVP, Talent & Live Events.
In December of 2013, Stephanie was promoted to Chief Brand Officer. In this role she is responsible for leading WWE’s efforts to further enhance its global brand reputation among key constituencies including government, media, advertisers, business leaders and investors. Stephanie serves as the company’s brand ambassador and works with WWE’s business units to support key growth initiatives. She is the primary spokesperson for WWE's CSR initiatives, including Be a STAR, WWE’s anti-bullying program and along with her husband, Paul Levesque, has started and funded a cause for Pediatric brain and spinal cancer called, Connor’s Cure.
Stephanie is a member of the Board of Directors for the USO Metropolitan Washington. She is also the primary spokesperson for WWE’s anti-bullying initiative, Be a STAR. Stephanie has received Fairfield County Business Journal's 2010 "40 Under 40" award and was recognized as one of the "Most Powerful Women in Cable" by CableFAX magazine in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015. She was named one of Multichannel News’s Women to Watch for 2013 and to Ad Age's "40 Under 40" list of young marketing leaders who have made their mark in the client, agency and media realms. In May of 2014, she was named as one of Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News’s “Women in the Game.”
In October 2014, Stephanie was selected as a 2015 Eisenhower USA Fellow.
In December 2014, Stephanie was named Editorial Advisor to Shape Magazine.
In February 2015, Stephanie was elected to the WWE Board of Directors and serves on the Executive Committee.
In July 2015, Stephanie was named to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation board of trustees.
In January 2016, Stephanie was recognized as a “Wonder Woman” by Multichannel News for 2016 and was named to the second annual Variety Digital Entertainment Impact List: 30 Execs to Watch.
In July 2016, Stephanie was named one of the 30 most powerful women in sports by AdWeek.com.
Stephanie has been interviewed on national talk shows including ABC’s Good Morning America, ESPN SportsCenter, CBS Sunday Morning, Rachael Ray and CBS This Morning, and frequently speaks at major conferences including Cannes Lions, SXSW, CES and ANA, just to name a few.
On October 25, 2003, she married Paul Levesque at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Sleepy Hollow, New York. She has two sisters-in-law, her brother Shane's wife Marissa and Paul's sister Lynn. She is the daughter-in-law of Paul and Patricia Levesque. Stephanie has three nephews that are the sons of Shane and Marissa and a nephew and niece by marriage, Lynn and Gordon's children Peter and Neysa.
Stephanie & Paul have three daughters - Aurora, Murphy & Vaughn.
sources: corporate.wwe.com and wikipedia.com