Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr., commonly known as Al Sharpton, is an American politician, talk show host, Baptist minister, and civil rights activist. He is also the founder of the National Action Network. Sharpton was also a former White House Adviser. 

Personal Details

Stage Name: Al Sharpton

Full Name: Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr.

Gender: Male

Birthday: October 3, 1954

Place of Origin: Brownsville, New York, United States

Age: 66 Years Old

Height: 5 ft. 10 in.

Nationality: American

Sexual Orientation: Straight Male

Status: Divorced

Spouse: Kathy Jordan (m. 1980 – d. 2004)

Profession: Activist, Talk show host, Baptist Minister, Politician

Total Net Worth: $1 million

Personal Life

Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. was born to Alfred Charles Sharpton Sr. and Ada Richards on October 3, 1954. He grew up in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC. 

Sharpton’s father left him and his mother in 1963 to have a relationship with another woman. To support the family, Sharpton’s mother became a maid. However, she did not make a lot. 

Fortunately, they were eligible for welfare. That is why they had to transfer from middle-class Hollis, Queens, to the public housing projects in Brooklyn. 

At the age of 4, Sharpton started preaching. He delivered his first sermon in 1958. 

Sharpton attended Samuel J. Tilden High School where he graduated. Then, he enrolled in Brooklyn College. However, after two years, Sharpton decided to drop out. 

While touring with James Brown in 1971, Sharpton met a backup singer named Kathy Jordan. After 9 years, Jordan and Sharpton got married. However, in 2004, they got divorced. 

Sharpton got married to his second wife, Marsha Tinsley. While he was still married, rumors were circulating about Sharpton’s girlfriend Aisha McShaw. According to reports, McShaw was a personal banker and personal stylist. 

Bishop F.D. Washington ordained Sharpton Pentecostal minister at the age of 10. After the death of the bishop in the 1980s, Sharpton became a Baptist. Reverend William Augustus Jones re-baptized Sharpton in 1994 as a member of the Bethany Baptist Church. Sharpton became a Baptist minister.

In 2007, Sharpton participated in a debate with Christopher Hitchens, an atheist writer. Sharpton defended his religious faith and his belief in God’s existence. 


Sharpton was known for activism, politics, and ministry. In 1969, Jesse Jackson assigned Sharpton as a youth director of Operation Breadbasket’s New York Branch. It’s an organization that fought for better jobs for African Americans. 

Sharpton also led the creation of the National Youth Movement to help mobilize resources for the youth who were living below the poverty line. 

Sharpton was always looking for fair treatment and justice. That is why he participated in a lot of demonstrations to fight against the violation of civil rights for black people. 

Sharpton pushed for justice when he demonstrated against Bernhard Goetz who killed 4 black men. Unfortunately, Goetz wasn’t found guilty and Sharpton lost the case. 

Sharpton was found in the spotlight due to his quest for justice. He formed the National Action Network in 1991. The purpose of the network is to carry out voter education, mobilize sources to poverty, and support small businesses. 

When it comes to politics, Sharpton has run different elective positions in the United States. Unfortunately, he wasn’t successful. In 1988, 1992, and 1994, Sharpton ran for the Senate seat of New York. Unfortunately, he wasn’t successful in all attempts. 

In addition to that, Sharpton ran for President in 2004 and Mayor of New York in 1997. He also did not succeed in these attempts. 

The Federal Election Commission charged Sharpton a fine of $285,000 in 2009. The reason for this is that his campaign team had broken financing rules during his bid.

Sharpton was always passionate about civil rights. He keeps on airing out his opinions on different problems occurring in society via his radio show and TV show. Sharpton also appears as a guest in other talk shows. 

In 2001, Sharpton was arrested for 3 months after trespassing in the United States Military in Puerto Rico. He was jailed there for 2 days. However, he was then moved to Brooklyn on May 25. Sharpton was released on August 17, 2001. 

Supporters of Sharpton praise his willingness and ability to defy the power structure. Many consider the structure as the cause of their suffering. Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City, said that Sharpton deserves the respects he enjoys among black Americans. 

According to former President Barack Obama, Sharpton is the champion for the downtrodden and the voice of the voiceless. 

Assassination Attempt

Sharpton escaped severe injury on January 12, 1991, when Michael Riccardi stabbed him in the chest in a schoolyard. Sharpton was preparing to lead a demonstration when he was attacked by a drunk Riccardi. 

Riccardi was apprehended by aides of Sharpton and handed over to police. He was then convicted of first-degree assault in 1992. When sentencing Riccardi, Sharpton requested the judge for mercy.

While forgiving his attacker, Sharpton filed suit against New York City. He alleged that a lot of police present did not protect him from the attacker. He eventually reached a $200,000 settlement in December 2003 with the city. 

Tax Controversies

According to reports on May 9, 2008, Sharpton owed around $1.5 million in penalties and unpaid taxes

As of November 2014, Sharpton and his businesses owed $4.5 million in federal and state taxes. 

Al Sharpton Total Net Worth

As of July 2021, Al Sharpton has been estimated to have a net worth of $1 million. According to reports, his money comes from the earnings of his talk shows. Aside from that, Sharpton also has written a couple of books in which he also earns his money.

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