John Mara

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John Mara
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John Mara (back left) Tom Coughlin (foreground) & Steve Tisch (back right) at the Giants' visit to the White House after their Super Bowl XLII victory.
Born John Kevin Mara
(1954-12-01) December 1, 1954 (age 65)
New York, New York
Alma mater Boston College (B.S.)
Fordham University (J.D.)
Title President/CEO
Term 2005–present

John Kevin Mara[1] /ˈmɛərə/ MAIR[2] (born December 1, 1954) is the president, CEO, and co-owner of the New York Giants.

Early life

Mara was born in New York City and grew up in White Plains, a nearby suburb. He is the eldest son of Ann Mara (née Mumm) and Giants owner Wellington Mara.[1][3] His ancestry includes Irish, German, and French-Canadian. He attended Iona Preparatory School in nearby New Rochelle, graduating in 1972. He earned a B.S. cum laude in marketing from Boston College in 1976, followed by a law degree in 1979 from Fordham University.

New York Giants

After working as an attorney, John Mara joined the Giants in 1991, serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer until his father's death in 2005, when he assumed the team's presidency.[3] Under John Mara and Steve Tisch, the Giants have won Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI.

Personal life

Mara is the third generation of his family to own the Giants. His grandfather, Tim, founded the team in 1925. Tim's sons, Wellington and Jack (John Mara's uncle), inherited the team in 1959, when Tim Mara died. Among NFL franchises, only the Chicago Bears (controlled by the Halas-McCaskey family since 1921) have been in the hands of one family longer than the Giants.

He and his wife, Denise W. Mara, have one son, John Jr., and four daughters, Lauren, Courtney, Christine, and Erin.[4][5][6][7] He is also an uncle to film actresses Rooney Mara (an Academy Award nominee) and Kate Mara (an Emmy Award nominee).


  1. 1.0 1.1 Goldstein, Richard (October 25, 2005). "Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of New York Giants, Is Dead at 89". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. John Mara (August 11, 2014). Giants John Mara accepts Ice Bucket Challenge. NFL. Retrieved August 11, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 John K. Mara, Esq., Official Site of the New York Giants, accessed January 23, 2010
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