Who is Ariel Helwani's wife? Meet CEO and designer Jaclyn Stein

Olivia Olphin July 23, 2021
Who is Ariel Helwani's wife? Meet CEO and designer Jaclyn Stein


Ariel Helwani’s wife was verbally roasted by UFC fighter Conor McGregor during his recent appearance on the MMA Hour podcast with host Ariel Helwani. Those witty remarks have had fans wondering, who is Mrs Helwani and what does she do? We tell you everything you need to know.

Meet the former ESPN journalist

Ariel Helwani was born on 8 July 1982 in Montreal, Canada, and is 39 years old. His mother is from Lebanon and his father is from Egypt.

He attended Syracuse University from 2001 to 2004 and studied broadcast journalism. After college he worked as a sports production assistant on HBO sports documentaries, and then moved to work as a producer for K2 pictures.

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From here he moved on to jobs for Spike TV, and worked as the editor of MMA Rated. He then became an MMA reporter for Comcast, NBC and FOX Sports.

Helwani’s most recent work has been as a reporter and writer for Vox Media, and also as a journalist, host and reporter for ESPN. He now also hosts the popular MMA Hour podcast.

However, he recently left ESPN and has opened up about his difficult working relationship with UFC president Dana White.

Who is Ariel Helwani’s wife Jaclyn?

Ariel Helwani’s wife is Jaclyn Stein. She attended the McGill University from 2001 to 2004 and studied a degree in management. For the past 20 years she has worked as chief executive and designer of Anzie Jewellery.

Her mother, Anzie Stein, started the company when she discovered her husband, and Jaclyn’s father, Barry had been diagnosed with colon cancer. This culminated in the lifesaver bracelet, their first piece, which aimed to raise money and awareness for this specific form of cancer.

Jaclyn has said when she designs a piece of jewellery she and her team are: “inspired by the women that we know, and the sentimental keepsakes that people want to wear and pass down to their children”.

The business has also partnered with multiple charities including the CURE foundation, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Women’s Foundation.

She has said during interviews she and her family are incredibly sporty, and love spending time being active outdoors.

Jaclyn and Ariel have three children together, two daughters and one son.

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Ariel Helwani’s wife was verbally roasted by Conor McGregor

While appearing as a guest on the MMA hour podcast with Ariel Helwani, Conor McGregor asked the journalist whether he had a woman in his life, and if she was beautiful.

Helwani replied his wife was incredibly beautiful, but Conor replied: “By the look of your face I dunno.” He also referred jokingly to Helwani’s wife as overweight, and then told him to “tell Mrs Helwani I was asking for her”.

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These comments are part of Conor McGregor’s trademark ‘wit and charm’. We think he’ll feature on the podcast again some time soon – despite his remarks about Ariel Helwani’s wife.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.