Valerie Jarrett is an American politician and former businesswoman who worked as the senior advisor for Obama Administration. She also worked as an assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs. As of 2018, Valerie Jarrett net worth is estimated to be somewhere around $5 million and $13 million.
Valerie was born on November 14, 1956 in Shiraz Iran to American parents James E. Bowman and Barbara T. Bowman. Her father was a pathologist and geneticist and ran hospital for Children in Iran in 1956. Jarrett and her family moved to London when she was five years old and then moved to Chicago when she was 7 years old.
Jarrett went to Northfield Mount Hermon. She then earned B.A. in psychology from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School in 1981. She also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Colby College in Maine.
She started her political career in 1987 working for Mayor Harold Washington as deputy corporation counsel for finance and development. After three years she worked as a deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard Daley and then served as commissioner of the department of planning and development from 1992 to 1995.
Before joining the Obama administration, she was the CEO of the Habitat Company. She was also a member of the board of Chicago Stock Exchange. Apart from that, she was a member of the board of trustees of University of Chicago Medical Center and also served as vice chairwoman of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago and trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
She joined the Obama administration in 2009 and served as the senior advisor and assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs. She was one of the Obama’s longest serving advisors.
Regarding her personal life, she married William Robert Jarrett in 1983 but got divorced in 1988. Together they have a daughter named Laura Jarrett who is an attorney and a reporter for CNN.
Recently, she is in news after actress Roseanne Barr compared her to an ape. After facing a backlash from several media personalities, Roseanne apologized in a twitter saying: “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans, I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better”. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.” Following the incident, ABC news canceled her show calling her tweet abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.