Alexander Emerick Jones (born February 11, 1974) is a prominent conspiracy theorist and host of a far-right and alt-right radio show in the United States. From Austin, Texas, he hosts The Alex Jones Show, which the Genesis Communications Network broadcasts across the United States (syndicated and internet radio).
Jones’ website InfoWars, as well as his other websites NewsWars and PrisonPlanet, promote conspiracy theories and fake news. Jones has given white nationalists a platform and support, giving Unite the Right attendee and white supremacist Nick Fuentes a platform on his website Banned. Video and serving as an “entry point” to their ideology.
What is Alex Jones’ Net Worth?
Rumor and suspicion have proven to be extremely profitable for Jones and Infowars’ parent company, Free Speech Systems. From a local public-access TV show in Austin, Texas, to a multimedia company selling nutritional supplements and survivalist gear, his empire has grown.
“We know he makes a lot of money,” says forensic economist Bernard Pettingill Jr, who testified at Jones’ defamation hearing in Texas. “He simply refuses to turn over the records.”
Pettingill estimates that Jones and Free Speech Systems have a combined net worth of $135 million to $270 million. Jones took $62 million out of the company last year, according to Pettingill.
Will Jones Have to Pay the Full Amount?
Steven Lubet, a law professor at Northwestern University, the Texas judgment will be reduced due to a state law that limits punitive damages.
A judge could also overturn the massive compensatory damages awarded in Connecticut, making it unlikely that he will be forced to pay more than a billion dollars to Sandy Hook families.
However, the initial amounts are so large that any reduction may be insignificant.
“He has not laid the groundwork for a reduction by making fun of the damages and calling the Connecticut judge a tyrant,” Lubet says.
“It could still happen, but even if the judge cuts it in half, he still won’t be able to pay. This is heartbreaking for him.”
Alex Jones Ordered to Pay $473m More to Sandy Hook Families
HARTFORD, CT — A judge on Thursday ordered Infowars host Alex Jones and his company to pay an additional $473 million for promoting false conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook school massacre, bringing the total judgment against him in a lawsuit filed by the victims’ families to a staggering $1.44 billion.
Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis imposed punitive damages on the Infowars host and Free Speech Systems. Jones repeatedly told his millions of followers that the massacre that killed 20 first graders and six educators was staged by “crisis actors” in order to enact more gun control.
“The record clearly supports the plaintiffs’ argument that the defendant’s conduct was intentional and malicious, and certain to cause harm by virtue of their infrastructure, ability to spread content, and massive audience, including the info warriors,” the judge wrote in a 45-page ruling.
A lawyer for the Sandy Hook families, Christopher Mattei, hopes the award sends a message to conspiracy theorists who profit from lies.
“The Court recognized Mr. Jones and his business entities’ ‘intentional, malicious… and heinous’ conduct,” Mattei said in a statement.
Jones and his ex-wife Kelly Jones have three children. The couple divorced in March 2015. Due to her ex-behavior, her husband Kelly sought sole or joint custody of their children in 2017. “He’s not a stable person,” she said, and “I’m concerned that he is engaging in felonious behavior, threatening a member of Congress” (Adam Schiff).
His lawyer responded by saying “he’s playing a character” and referring to him as a “performance artist.”
Jones denied playing a character on his show, calling it “the most genuine, hard-core, real McCoy thing there is, and everybody knows it”; In court, Jones clarified that, while he agreed with his attorney’s statement in general, he disagreed with the media’s interpretation of the term “performance artist.”
Kelly has been granted the right to choose where their children will live, while he retains visitation rights. After Jones led a rally at the Capitol and was mobbed by supporters, a state district judge denied Kelly’s emergency motion to secure custody of their daughters for the next two weeks in April 2020.