Al Sharpton Net Worth and salary: Al Sharpton is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and television/radio talk who has a net worth of $500 thousand. Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton, Jr. (better known as the Reverend Al Sharpton) was born October 3, 1954 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York. He is known as an outspoken and controversial political activist in the fight against racial prejudice and injustice in America. In 1971, he established the National Youth Movement. By the 1980s he had become a nationally-known activist for people who have experienced racial prejudice. One of his earliest high-profile cases involved a teenager named Tawana Brawley who claimed she had been abducted and raped by a group of white men. These claims turned out to be entirely false.
Around the same time, Al became known for using controversial language in his public appearances. He would frequently use the word "cracker", "yellow nigger" and "faggot" on shows like Maury Povich. His many critics and supporters have seen Al run for Senate, Mayor of New York and as a candidate for President of the United States.
In June 2009, the Reverend Al Sharpton led a memorial for Michael Jackson at Harlem's Apollo Theater. A lifelong friend of the Jackson family, Sharpton said Michael Jackson was a "trailblazer" and a "historic figure" who loved the Apollo Theater. Sharpton also became heavily involved in the Trayvon Martin case, holding rallies in Florida to fight for justice in that case. Martin, an unarmed African-American teen, was shot to death in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman, a member of a neighborhood watch group, in February 2012. Zimmerman claimed self-defense, but others felt that Martin was a victim of racial profiling. Sharpton continues to share his views and to tackle today's issues through his television and radio programs. He has been the host of Politics Nation since 2011 and also has a syndicated radio show.
Alleged Financial Problems:
In November 2014, a New York Times exposé reported that Al Sharpton was allegedly facing serious financial problems. The Times report claimed that Sharpton and his businesses owe $4.5 million in state and federal back taxes. Of that amount, roughly $3.7 million is supposedly Al's personal tax debt. Sharpton refuted the reports and stated that the liens had been paid down. He did not say how much he had paid the debt down by and the Times could not confirm his claims.