Who is Jerry Solomon?
Jerry Solomon was born in 1954, in the United States of America. He is a businessman, producer, sports agent, and manager, but best known to the public for being the husband of Hall of Fame figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. He was her agent during her skating career, and they married following her retirement from competition.
The Riches of Jerry Solomon
Jerry Solomon has a net worth estimated to be over $15 million, earned through success in business and sports management. He probably benefits from the net worth of his spouse, if necessary, as Kerrigan’s net worth is estimated to be over $8 million, thanks to a successful figure skating career as well as multiple acting projects.
Early Life and Education
Jerry’s father was an executive of a company called Shoe Town, and he was raised with the business mindset by his parents. After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to complete his bachelor’s degree. UCLA is the fourth oldest among the UC system which comprises of 10 campuses, with over 40,000 students enrolled annually, and offering a total of over 300 programs.
It is the most applied-to of any US university and has numerous notable alumni spanning fields such as science, entertainment, medicine, engineering, and more.
It is considered one of the Public Ivies, schools which have educational quality on par with that of the Ivy League. UCLA has been named as the best US public university of 2019. After graduating, he furthered his studies by enrolling at Colombia University, taking up a master’s degree in International Business. The private university in New York is a member of the Ivy League, the oldest of its kind in the area, the fifth oldest higher learning institution in the US, and among the top universities in the world.
— Nancy Kerrigan (@NancyAKerrigan) July 16, 2016
Rise to Prominence
In 1980, Solomon became a director of the professional tennis circuit Grand Prix, and served in that capacity for the next five years. The tour which existed from the 1970s to the 1980s, catered to male players, and is considered one of the predecessors of World Championship Tennis (WCT) as well as the ATP Tour. He then moved to sports management, and began working with the firm ProServ. The company was one of the first of its kind with a primary focus on tennis. It would eventually grow to handle athletes from other sports, marketing, television and event production.
He rose through the ranks and became the President of Marketing for the company. He became famous publicly for working as the manager of Nancy Kerrigan, and helped her land numerous endorsement deals which elevated her wealth to the millions. He was pivotal in communicating with companies such as Reebok, Revlon, and Campbell’s. Starting with Kerrigan, he then landed other top stars, and became one of the most popular managers of his time. Some of the other athletes he worked with include Shannon Miller, Ivan Lendl, and Karch Kiraly.
Jerry then took over control of StarGames, which was initially a brand for sporting events and fitness in Finland. Over the years, the company expanded its reach to video games, computers, marketing, and sponsorships of various sporting teams. After his takeover, it became more focused on management and entertainment, now based in the US. It became the company that represented his athletes, and responsible for the distribution of content produced for television, mainly focused on the sports he manages as well as the athletes under him.
The company also organized several events, including “The World of Tennis”, “NetJets Showdown”, and the “BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup”. He’s produced autobiographical pieces on Nancy Kerrigan and Ivan Lendl.
Some of the films he’s made include “The Easter Egg Adventure”, and “Great Pair Performers on Ice”. He’s also released a book entitled “An Insider’s Guide to Managing Sports Events”. He’does some teaching from time to time, and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire, as well as with UCLA in the Anderson School of Management.
Jerry Solomon, on the right in the photo, has been one of America's top sports marketing executives for more than twenty…
Personal Life, Philanthropy, and Achievements
In 1995, a year after Kerrigan announced her retirement from competition, she married Solomon. The marriage proved a bit controversial due to the two having a professional working relationship in the past, and the 15-year age gap. The marriage would be his third while it was her first. He has a child from a previous marriage, and his marriage to Kerrigan later produced three more children. She’s had trouble conceiving through their time together, as she admitted to having six miscarriages which caused a strain on their relationship.
During their free time, the couple perform a lot of philanthropic work, mainly with the Nancy Kerrigan Foundation which was created with the help of Solomon to help support those with impaired vision. He is also responsible for creating foundations such as the Karch Kiraly Scholarship Fund and the KidSport Foundation. Thanks to his achievements, he has been inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and the Personal Managers Hall of Fame. He was also named as one of the most influential people in figure skating by “Figure Skating International”, and one of the most powerful people in sports by “Sporting News” magazine.