Van Jones is an American news and political commentator, author, and lawyer. He is the co-founder of several non-profit organizations, a three-time New York Times best-selling author, a CNN host, and contributor, and an EMMY winner.
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His full name is Anthony Kapel “Van” Jones. He was born on September 20, 1968, in Jackson, Tennessee. He has a height of 1.85m and weighs 87 kg. His birth sign is Virgo.
Van Jones’ Parents And Siblings
Anthony Kapel Jones is a twin. He and his twin sister Angela were born to a high school teachers. Loretta Jean and middle school principal, Willie Anthony Jones.
His sister said that as a child, he was “the stereotypical geek—he just kind of lived up in his head a lot.” Jones has said as a child he was “bookish and bizarre.”
His grandfather was a leader in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
and Jones seldomly accompanied him to religious conferences. He would sit all day listening to the adults.
Jones and his twin sister were born after the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther along with Jr, and Robert F. Kennedy, and as he learned about the men’s work, he became devoted to them as heroic figures.
Van Jones’ Educational Background
Jones graduated from the Jackson Central-Merry High School, a public high school in his hometown, in 1986.
He earned himself a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Political Science from the University of Tennessee of Martin (UT Martin).
In 1990, he earned a B.S. in communication and political science from the University of Tennessee at Martin. In 1993, Van earned a degree from Yale Law School.
- Full Names: Anthony Kapel Jones
- Popular As: Van Jones
- Gender: Male
- Occupation / Profession: Attorney, commentator, and political activist
- Nationality: American
- Race / Ethnicity: African American
- Religion: To be Updated
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Age / How Old?: 52 years
- Zodiac Sign: Virgo
- Date of Birth: 20 September 1968
- Place of Birth: Jackson, Tennessee, United States
- Birthday: 20 September
- Height: 1.85m
- Weight: 87 kg
- Eye Color: Black
- Hair Color: Black
- Shoe Size: To be Updated
- Father (Dad): Willie Anthony Jones
- Mother: Loretta Jean Jones
- Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): Angela Jones
- Marital Status: To be Updated
- Ex-wife: Jana Carter
- Dating / Girlfriend: To be Updated
- Children: Mattai Jones and Cabral Jones
- Net Worth: $5 million
- Salary: Under Review
- Source of Income: His professional career as an Attorney, commentator, and political activist
- Place of living: United States
- Cars: Car Brand to be Updated
Van Jones’ Ex-wife
Van was married to Jana Carter, an Attorney. The couple married in 2005 and has two sons. In May 2018, it was said that the couple separated. Jane filed for divorce in September 2018.
How Many Children Does Van Jones Have?
Van Jones and his ex-wife, Jana Carter had two kids before they got divorced. They are; Mattai Jones and Cabral Jones.
Van Jones is a three-time NY Times best-selling author. He is the host of CNN’s “Incarceration, Inc.” podcast series.
In 2013-2014, Van was a co-host of CNN CROSSFIRE, along with Newt Gingrich; he later hosted a special event series on CNN called “The Messy Truth.”
He is the co-founder of Magic Labs Media LLC, a producer of the WEBBY Award-winning Messy Truth digital series.
Van’s life mission is to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity. He has been a leader in the fight for criminal justice reform for more than 25 years.
The Dream Corps houses three social impact initiatives: #YesWeCode, Green For All, and #cut50. Today, Van is the CEO of the REFORM Alliance, an initiative founded by Jay-Z, Meek Mill, and six billionaires to transform the criminal justice system.
In 2018, Van and #cut50 led the winning campaign to pass the FIRST STEP Act — a bipartisan federal bill that the New York Times called the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation. This was not Van’s first history-making legislative victory: a decade earlier, Van was the primary champion of the Green Jobs Act of 2007.
In 2009, he worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. Van has won numerous awards, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation; Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”; TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”; the 2010 NAACP Image Award and; a 2017 WEBBY special achievement award.
In 2017, Van signed a management deal with Roc Nation, becoming the first political commentator in their family.
Jones worked with the Trump administration and members of Congress from both parties to pass a criminal justice reform effort known as the First Step Act. Jones is currently CEO of the REFORM Alliance, an initiative founded by Jay Z and Meek Mill o transform the criminal justice system. He was also a longtime colleague of, and advisor to, musician, Prince.
Van Jones’ Book
- Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together
- The Grinder’s Guidebook: To Significant and Sustainable Success
- Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America
- Rebuild the Dream
- The Green Collar Economy
- The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
- Every Other Weekend
Van Jones’ Television Show
He has four tv programs listed as;
- The Messy Truth
- The Van Jones Show
- The Messy Truth With Van Jones
Awards, Nominations, Recognition & Honors
- 1996 – Brick Awards, now renamed as Dosomething Awards.
- 1997–1999 – Rockefeller Foundation “Next Generation Leadership” fellowship
- 1998 – Reebok International Human Rights Awards
- 2000 – International Ashoka Fellowship
- 2008 – Time magazine, Environmental Hero
- 2008 – Elle magazine, Green Award
- 2008 – One of the George Lucas Foundation’s “Daring Dozen”
- 2008 – Hunt Prime Mover Award; Hunt Alternatives Fund
- 2008 – Campaign for America’s Future “Paul Wellstone Award”
- 2008 – Global Green USA “Community Environmental Leadership” Award
- 2008 – San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award
- 2008 – Puffin/ Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship
- 2008 – World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader”
- 2008 – Essence magazine, 25 Most Inspiring African Americans
- 2009 – Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award
- 2009 – Eco-Entrepreneur Award, Institute for Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Innovation; Howard University
- 2009 – Individual Thought Leadership, Energy & Environment Awards; Aspen Institute
- 2009 – Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World
- 2010 – NAACP President’s Awards
- 2010 – Commonwealth Club of California – Inforum’s 21st Century Visionary Award
- 2010 – Global Exchange Human Rights Award Honoree.
- 2011 – Ebony Magazine’s Power 150
- 2012 – Rolling Stone Magazine 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done
- 2013 – The Root Magazine 100 Honorees
- 2013 – Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, “The Innovators”
- 2015 – National Urban League’s Toyota Clean Energy Honoree
- 2015 – Environmental Media Association’s Green Biz Global Innovator Award
- 2015 – Rainbow Push Coalition’s 2015 Vanguard Award
- 2015 – David E. Glover Vanguard Award from the Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal (OCCUR)
- 2016 – Webby Award for The Messy Truth miniseries
- 2017 – Webby Awards, Special Achievement Award for his “use of the Internet and social media during the 2016 election”
- 2019 – Lumiere Award from the Advanced Imaging Society for Magic Labs’ “The Messy Truth VR Experience”, a virtual reality documentary
- 2020 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program
- 2021 – Recipient of Inaugural Courage and Civility Award from Jeff Bezos at a press conference following Blue Origin’s first human flight (includes US$100 million to distribute to non-profit organizations of Jones’ choice).
How Much Is Van Jones Worth?
Having achieved a lot from his career as an attorney and a journalist, Van Jones is estimated to have a net worth between $35 million and $40 million.