Controversial government conspiracy theorist, radio personality, author and documentary film director Alex Jones has managed to build a net worth of $10 million. Jones has capitalized on creating conspiracy theories about some of the world’s most tragic event. Although some despise him, Alex Jones continues to have a wide following and continues to stir up debates. Here’s how Alex Jones achieved a net worth of $10 million.
Early Life, Education and Influences
Alex Jones was born in a suburb of Dallas, Texas on February 11, 1974 and grew up in Dallas and Austin. His father was a Dentist while his mother stayed home with the family. While a student at Anderson High School, Jones played football. It was during this time that he read Gary Allen’s book, “None Dare Call It Conspiracy”. The book by the conservative and controversial journalist about a new world order highly influenced young Alex Jones. Following his high school graduation, Jones attended Austin Community College but dropped out to work at a cable television station.
Alex Jones began his broadcasting career doing a cable program with a live, call in format. He left the show in 1996 to work on the KJFM radio station. He hosted a show called “The Final Edition”. At this time Jones was influenced by the Oklahoma bombings the year before and spent many of his shows discussing possible government responsibility for the bombings to create hysteria in America. He also discussed conspiracy theories about the Branch Davidian Church, and in his 1998 film “America Destroyed by Design” claimed that its founder David Koresh was peaceful and that he and his followers were killed by then Attorney General Janet Reno and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. During his tenure at KJFM radio, Jones would gain a following but was becoming more and more controversial. He was fired from the station in 1999 because the station was losing advertisers because of Jones who refused to broaden his show’s topics. Following his departure from the radio station, Jones continued his broadcast through an internet podcast from his home.
The Alex Jones Show
Much of Alex Jones’ revenue comes from his radio broadcast “The Alex Jones Show” on the Genesis Communications Network. The show reaches more than 90 AM and FM stations. Jones continues to promote conspiracy theories through the show and has a large following of listeners. Among his theories has been that the September 11 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the US government, the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting was created by the government, that many high school mass shooting survivors were “crises actors”, promoting the idea that a New York pizza parlor and a Chobani Yogurt factory were covers for the sex trade industry, and that the government is able to create tornadoes and Hurricane Irma.
Websites and Products
It’s reported that 2/3rd of Alex Jones’ income comes from consumer products that he promotes heavily on his radio broadcast and websites that he runs. The websites further Jones’ conspiracy theory beliefs. They include InfoWars.com which has about 10 million visits a month, NewsWars.com which promotes itself as a battle for fake news, and PrisonPlanets.com. The consumer products that Alex Jones markets and sells include toothpaste, bulletproof vests and dietary supplements. The dietary supplements are called “brain pills” and are meant to protect the user from the effects of impending Armageddon. Two of the products were tested by a California company Labdoor, Inc. and ruled out any harmful ingredients but found the ingredients to be typical of any dietary supplement but in such low doses as not to be effective. Survival Shield includes Iodine while Oxy-Proof includes low amounts oaf magnesium oxide and citric acid.
Film and Books
Alex Jones’ net worth also comes from film and books. Aside from writing articles for his websites, Jones wrote 2002’s “9-11: Descent Into Tyranny” and 2009’s “The Answer to 1984 is 1776”. He has appeared in small films including 2001’s “A Skanner Darkly”. Jones has directed 17 documentaries including 2007’s Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement” and 2009’s “The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off”. His documentaries have been about his conspiracy theories including US and international politics, the Obama Administration, the George W. Bush administration and the September 11 terrorist attacks and a new world order. Alex Jones also appeared as a regular guest on the television show, “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura” which aired from 2009 through 2012.
Obviously, Alex Jones’ media personality and beliefs have generated several controversies over his career. Jones has protested several political rallies. He’s been arrested for disorderly conduct and charged with operating a megaphone without a permit. He’s been detained by immigration in Canada while heading to cover a meeting by the Bilderberg Group. Jones has faced lawsuits by Choboni Yougurt, a witness who videotaped a car crashing into protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and 6 families and an FBI agent affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Jones has had several videos removed from YouTube. He’s had content removed from Facebook, Apple and Spotify and accounts removed from Pinterest, LinkedIn and MailChimp. Jones has been criticized for creating paranoia with his theories. In 2015 his wife divorced him and sued for sole custody of their three children because she feared that Jones was dangerous and not stable. His attorney argued that Jones is a performance artist. Despite his controversial subjects and theories, Alex Jones retains a large following of listeners and viewers and has been able to build a net worth of $10 million.