Jesse Jackson net worth: Jesse Jackson is an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister who has a net worth of $10 million. Jesse Jackson acquired that net worth as a prominent civil rights activist, United States shadow Senator, and the creator of the civil rights organization Rainbow/PUSH. Born Jesse Louis Burn on October 8, 1941, in Greenville, South Carolina, Jesse Jackson is best known as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988, and a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He first started to show his governing skills as a college senior, when he became a civil rights leader. This led Jackson to start working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in the mid 1960s, which was a civil rights organization funded by Martin Luther King Jr. Jesse quickly advanced in SCLC hierarchy, and he was named head of the Chicago branch of the SCLC's economic arm Operation Breadbasket in 1966. The following year he was promoted to national director buy eventually resigned from the SCLC to found a new anti-racism and anti-military oriented organization called Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity). Through PUSH, Jackson carried out numerous projects for the Black community, including the launch of the PUSH-Excel program for motivating teens and children to succeed. In 1984 Jesse launched a Democratic presidential campaign. He campaigned against Walter Mondale and Gary Hart in the Democratic presidential primaries. Almost a decade later, he backed Democratic candidate Bill Clinton during his presidential campaign, influencing the African-Americans to give their support. In addition to his career in politics, he also served as the host of Both Sides with Jesse Jackson on CNN from 1992 to 2000. As for his private life, he married Jacqueline Lavina Brown, with whom he has 5 children, the eldest being the Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr.