Michael Buffer’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth & life story

Source of Wealth: Boxing, Wrestling, Television, FilmAge: 76Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.Marital Status: Married (Christine Buffer)Full Name: Michael BufferNationality: United StatesDate of Birth: November 2, 1944 Ethnicity: Caucasian Occupation: Professional Ring Announcer (wrestling & boxing)Children: 2

Michael Buffer is a ring announcer and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $400 million. Buffer is world-famous for his signature catchphrase “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” which kicks off all major boxing events. He is known for being one of the greatest ring announcers for boxing and wrestling matches of all time.

Born in the South Philadelphia neighborhood of Pennsylvania, Buffer was raised by foster parents (a school bus driver and a housewife), in Roslyn, Pennsylvania, after his parents divorced when he was 11 months old. Johnny Buff, Buffer’s grandfather, was a professional boxer who won the bantamweight world title from 1921 to 1922. He served in the United States Army at the age of 20 and served until he was 23 years old during the Vietnam War. He worked as a car salesman before beginning a modeling career at the age of 32 and becoming a ring announcer at the age of 38. Due to his fame in the 1980s, he was finally reunited with his birth father and introduced to his half-siblings, including fellow ring announcer, Bruce Buffer.

The ring announcer began his professional career as a ring announcer in 1982. By 1983, he was announcing all of Bob Arum’s Top Rank boxing matches on ESPN, giving him a national profile at a time when ring announcers were mostly hired locally. He now announces Matchroom shows on a regular basis, as well as on HBO, NBC Sports Network, and the German channel RTL.

After failing to rile up the crowd with phrases like “Man your battle stations” and “Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts,” Buffer began using his now-famous “Let’s get ready to rumble!” line in 1984, and it became a national hit. He then began the process of obtaining federal copyright for the phrase, which he finally obtained in 1992. He has made millions of dollars by licensing the use of his trademark catchphrase to some of the country’s largest corporations. Since he owns the trademark, anyone who wants to use the phrase must pay him. Michael has licensed the phrase for use in songs, video games, movies, TV shows, and a variety of merchandise since 1992. The video game “Ready to Rumble” became one of the most well-known licensing deals. Midway reportedly paid Buffer $100 million to license his phrase after the game was a huge success.

Many boxing legends admire Buffer’s work as well. “When you introduce a fighter, it makes him want to fight,” Sugar Ray Leonard once told the legendary announcer. Every time Buffer announces a match, he earns between $25,000 and $100,000. Buffer has been paid $1 million on a handful of extremely rare occasions.

Buffer served as the sole ring announcer for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) main events starring Hulk Hogan and other megastars until 2001. Buffer continues to serve as the lead announcer for Time Warner’s pay-per-view matches, despite the fact that the WCW has crumpled. Buffer signed a deal with DAZN in 2018 to be the exclusive ring announcer for all of DAZN’s boxing broadcasts, including Matchroom. In 2007, at Madison Square Garden in a boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Matt Hardy, Buffer was the announcer at the Saturday Night’s Main Event XXXV. He was also the announcer for a YouTube boxing match between Logan Paul and KSI on August 25, 2018.

The entrepreneur has announced for the occasional MLB World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, NBA Finals, and NFL playoff games, in addition to wrestling and boxing. In 2017, he served as a guest announcer at the 2017 US Grand Prix. He’s also tweaked his signature line to fit Mega Millions (“Let’s get ready to win big!”), Kraft Cheese (“Let’s get ready to crumble!”), and Progressive Insurance (“Let’s get ready to bundle!”) campaigns. Buffer has appeared as a guest on David Letterman, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Kimmel’s talk shows. He has also has made appearances in films and television shows, including Creed (as himself), Grudge Match, America’s Next Top Model, The Bold and the Beautiful, 2012, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Rocky Balboa, and The Bold and the Beautiful.

Unfortunately, Buffer was diagnosed with Throat Cancer in 2008, but his surgery was successful and he has continued to work non-stop, making $5 million and more annually from ring announcing even during the pandemic. From his first marriage, the announcer has two sons, Michael and Matthew. Buffer proposed to Christine, his third wife, while he appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They are still married and they live in Southern California.

Sources: Celebrity Net Worth, The Sun, Sports Casting, Sport Bible

This article was updated on April 4, 2021 by Vanessa Shumbanhete