Is Valerie Jarrett married? No, she isn’t. She is a divorced woman and has remained single after the finalization of her divorce. Her ex-husband’s name is William Robert Jarrett who is well-known for being the son of Chicago Sun-Times reporter Vernon Jarrett (born on June 19, 1918, and died on May 23, 2004). Her maiden name is Bowman.
Valerie and William got married in 1983. From her conjugal life with then-husband William Robert Jarrett, she is the mother of a daughter named Laura Jarrett who is married to lawyer Tony Balkissoon who is also the son of Canadian politician Bas Balkissoon, a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
The marital life of Valerie and William couldn’t last long due to some undisclosed matter. They got separated in 1987 and their divorce was finalized in 1988. William died in the 1990s and Valerie raised her daughter Laura who is an attorney and a successful CNN correspondent as well. Scroll down to explore more interesting personal facts and biography of Valerie:
Who is Valerie Jarrett?
Born as Valerie June Bowman, she landed the planet on November 14, 1956, which makes her age be 63 years old as of 2019. By profession, she is an American woman entrepreneur who has also gained massive popularity as a former government official.
From 2009 to 2017, she served the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs as an assistant and was also the senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama. She has also worked the Obama–Biden Transition Project as a co-chair.
Early Life and Education
Jarrett was born in 1956 and her place of birth is in Shiraz, Iran. Talking about her family background, she was born to the parents named James E. Bowman (father) and Barbara T. Bowman (mother). Her father (February 5, 1923 – September 28, 2011) was a pathologist and geneticist as well as a professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.
Her mother (born on October 30, 1928) an early childhood education expert/advocate who has written books like Eager to learn (2001), Love to Read (2002), School readiness and social-emotional development (2006) and so on.
During her time of birth in Iran, there was the rule of the Pahlavi dynasty and her father used to run a hospital for children in Shiraz. At the age of five, her family moved to London and later moved to Chicago.
Both of Jarrett’s parents belong to European and African-American descent. She is found to carry 5% Native American, 46% African and 49% European descent during the DNA testing on the television series Finding Your Roots. Her great-grandfather was Jewish as per Jarrett’s father. During her childhood, she was able to speak multiple languages like English, French and Persian.
Regarding her education and academic achievements, she went to Northfield Mount Hermon and completed her graduation in 1974. In 1978, she received her B.A. degree from Stanford University majoring in psychology. After that, she was enrolled at the University of Michigan Law School from where she received Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1981. By attending Colby College in Waterville, Maine, she received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on May 21, 2016.
Career and Professional Life
In 1987, Jarrett started Chicago politics by working as deputy corporation counsel for Mayor Harold Washington. In the 1990s, she continued working in the mayor’s office. Later, she worked at the department of planning and development as a commissioner. For a decade from 1995, she served as the chairwoman of the Chicago Transit Board.
She was also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the real estate development and Management Company named Habitat Company. Later, she was replaced by attorney Mark Segal. She has also served as a member of the board of Chicago Stock Exchange. From 1996 to 2009, she served the University of Chicago Medical Center as a member of the board of trustees. She has also contributed Chicago-based building materials corporation, USG Corporation.
Jarrett was selected as a senior advisor by Barack Obama on November 14, 2008. She also served the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. She also visited the United Kingdom by being part of the U.S. State Visit in May 2011.
After leaving the White House, she started contributing to the Obama Foundation as a senior advisor. She is also the board member of Ariel Investments where she was appointed in 2017. She signed a deal with the American publishing company, Viking Press in July 2017 for publishing a book called Finding My Voice.
Valerie Jarrett is a divorced woman. She was married to William Robert Jarrett in 1983. They knew each other from their childhood age as a friend. Their married life came to an end in 1988 by getting a divorce. Her husband William died at the age of 40 on November 19, 1993.
Valerie Jarrett has an average height. He seems to be an active and hard-working lady. However, the exact body statistics of Valerie including her height, weight, dress size, feet size, etc. are not known.
Salary and Net worth
American businesswoman Valerie Jarrett has an estimated net worth of 3 million USD. As per some online source, she holds 3,000 units of shares of 2U, Inc. and also receives an impressive salary from serving as one of the board of directors.
In addition to her financial earnings, she has gained fame for her experience as senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama. Valerie’s net worth is also contributed by her authored book Finding My Voice making her New York Times best-selling author.
Wiki and Facts
The biography of Valerie Jarrett is prepared by various wiki sites including Wikipedia. Her Instagram account is reachable @valeriebjarrett where she has amassed more than 108k followers now. Her Twitter profile is reachable @ValerieJarrett where she has garnered over 132k followers.