Peter McMahon is an accomplished British business mogul, also widely known for being the husband of the American Fox News political analyst, Dana Perino, who once served under the former president George Bush as the White House Press Secretary.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Peter K. McMahon is a native of Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom, and was born under the Gemini zodiac sign on 6 June 1954, which makes him 68 years old as of 2022. His father was a Royal Air Force air traffic controller, and so his family moved a lot when he was a child due to the nature of his father’s job. Sadly, Peter’s mother succumbed to a massive heart attack when he was 18 years old.
Peter was physically very active when he was growing up ,and played soccer for his high school team. He attended the University of Liverpool in 1972 and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Management in 1976.
Hobbies and Facts
McMahon is a dog lover and formerly purchased a Vizsla named Jasper in Maryland in June 2012. Unfortunately, Jasper died of cancer in September 2021.
Peter was very active during his younger days, and enjoyed scuba diving and riding motorcycles.
He’s a big football (soccer) fan and supports Norwich City F.C. He also enjoys watching American Football, and his favorite team is New York Jets.
Peter obtained US citizenship in 2006.
He is also a dedicated philanthropist, who is actively involved with the Blind Eye drop-in center and has donated shelter, shower facilities, and meals to many homeless people.
The skilled entrepreneur is also a big fan of films and TV shows – his favorites are “Saving Private Ryan,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “Les Misérables.” His best-loved entertainers are Matt Damon, Tom Hanks and Anne Hathaway.
Not long after he graduated, McMahon was hired by the UK supermarket chain, Sainsbury. He ultimately served as the Supply Chain and Distribution Director from 1992 – 2000 and his role saw him working in many European countries such as Ireland, Northern England and Scotland. He was later taken on by the international retail shop Tesco, again served as a Supply Chain Director. Tesco has its headquarters in Hertfordshire, England, and deals with general merchandise and groceries. He worked in the firm’s Central European Branch from 2002 to 2004.
Peter’s praised entrepreneurial capabilities saw him hired by the world-renowned retail store Walmart, shortly after he left Tesco. The American retail firm runs a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores, and has its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Peter served as the multi-national retail corporation’s Supply Chain Director, and was stationed in Germany. After leaving Walmart, he joined the reputable Canadian food retailer Loblaw Companies Limited, which also encompasses franchise and corporate supermarkets, banks, and pharmacies, and served as the Chief Operating Officer for around seven years (2006 – 2013).
Peter’s Career Peak – Shopko CEO
Peter established himself as a business mogul in 2013, after he was appointed as the CEO and President of Shopko in late 2013. Shopko had its first branch in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and it later opened a chain of stores across the globe, with items such as electronics, furniture, jewelry, and beauty products. The firm merged with Pamida after purchasing it in 2012, which had seen W. Paul Jones retiring as its CEO, paving the way for McMahon. Peter served as its CEO from 2013 to 2018 – unfortunately, Shopko went bankrupt, and closed all its locations in 2019. Thereafter, Peter launched his consulting company and he now serves as its Executive Management Consultant.
Interestingly, Peter first met his wife-to-be, the American author and political commentator Dana Perino, in an American Airline airplane in late 1997; the two were going to Chicago from Denver and they sat next to each other – it’s reported that Dana was the one who initiated their first conversation. Perino describes their meeting as ‘love at first flight’, and stated during an interview, ‘Our romance was quick and intense. We were lovesick. For ten days after we met, I couldn’t eat or sleep or concentrate at work. I couldn’t even read the novels I checked out from the Library of Congress.’ Dana was 25 years old then, and Peter was 43. Peter popped the question when the two were on a date near Washington Cathedral, one year after their meeting.
The couple exchanged wedding vows at a private wedding ceremony in Blackpool, England, attended only by their family and close friends. They went for their honeymoon in Santorini Island, Greece, and thereafter spent their first year of togetherness in Lytham St. Annes, near McMahon’s parents; they later relocated – and settled – in the US. The couple hasn’t welcomed any children together. They now reside in Manhattan, New York City.
McMahon was married twice in the past but his marriages ended in divorce. He welcomed two children, son Barry McMahon and daughter Kelly McMahon, from his first marriage. Moreover, he has two grandchildren, the twins Rachel and Sebastian, from Kelly’s marriage to her Scottish husband, Warren.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
McMahon is of Caucasian ethnicity and has brown eyes and light brown hair. He’s 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall and weighs around 155lbs (70kgs).
Peter has been active in the business sector for over three decades now and has worked for many reputable firms, which has seen his wealth grow steadily. He is reputedly worth approximately $10 million as of 2022. On the other hand, his better half is worth around $6 million from her successful TV career. The couple is seemingly living a modest life.
Who Is McMahon’s Wife, Dana Perino? Brief Biography
Dana Marie Perino hails from Evanston, Wyoming, and was born under the Taurus zodiac sign on 9 May 1972, which makes her 50 years old as of 2022. She was raised in Denver, Colorado, by her Italian parents, Leo and Janice Perino. Dana went to Ponderosa High, Denver, and matriculated to Colorado State University, from where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, with Political Science and Spanish minors.
Just two months before the infamous 9/11 attacks, Dana was taken on by Andy Card, who was then the White House Chief of Staff, to serve as an Associate Communications Director. She later worked as a Deputy Press Secretary (2005-2007), then as the White House Press Secretary until the George W. Bush administration ended in 2009. Perino was later hired by Fox News as a political commentator, and is credited with co-hosting the show “The Five.” Dana is the author of “Let Me Tell You about Jasper…: How My Best Friend Became America’s Dog”, and “And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side” both in 2016.