Jay Rockefeller Net Worth

They have the most money, they own the fanciest cars and houses and everything about them seems posh and luxurious. However, there are a lot of things that hide behind closed doors, especially the hard work that Jay Rockefeller had to put in order to achieve this level of success and recognition. A famous American Former United States Senator (1985-2015), Politician, graduated Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, International Christian University in Tokyo, Yale University, Harvard University. Born in unknown on a very special day unknown Jay Rockefeller has a family of Blanchette Ferry Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller III Alida Rockefeller Messinger Justin Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller V, Valerie Rockefeller, Charles Rockefeller Sharon Lee Percy (m. 1967). Dividing personal time and that which should be allocated to business is nonetheless challenging but Jay Rockefeller still manages to maintain success on a global scale. The net worth of this person is estimated to be a huge $120 Million.

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To begin with, Rockefeller is the great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937), the legendary multimillionaire and the richest man in the USA (at that time); Jay was born three weeks after his death. Jay studied at Harvard University, majoring in the Japanese language and Far East Studies. He also attended the International Christian University in Tokyo, and Yale University, where he studied Chinese.

Talking about his professional career, Jay worked under President John F. Kennedy in the Peace Corps in Washington in 1961. In 1964 he moved to West Virginia; he took part in the voluntary social project VISTA (Volunteers Service to America) and worked in the social field. In 1966, he broke an old family tradition and became a member of the Democratic Party, and the same year he was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates; two years later he became Virginia’s Secretary of State. In 1972, he participated in the elections for Governor, yet was defeated by Republican Arch A. Moore. Thereafter, he became president of West Virginia Wesleyan College. In 1976, he was again the candidate of his party for Governor, and this time he succeeded against the former Governor Cecil H. Underwood. However, an economic crisis (in 1980) led to the closure of many mines and factories and thus a dramatic rise in unemployment. This was compounded by rising inflation, a protracted strike in coal mining, flooding and two particularly hard winters. As a result, Arch Moore was elected governor for the third time in 1985. He was thus both the predecessor to the office and the successor to Rockefeller.

After the end of his term as governor, Rockefeller was elected to the US Senate, taking his seat on 15th January 1985, and represented his state in Congress until 2015. Over the years, he was a member of various committees, such as the Security Intelligence Committee and the War Veterans Committee. He was originally a supporter of the Iraq war, but changed in 2003, and became one of the biggest critics of the war and of President George W. Bush. He was a member of a trade delegation from West Virginia which visited Japan on a business trip. Rockefeller also supported health reform. From 2009, Rockefeller has served as the Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, however, in 2013, he gave his decision not to run for the Senate in 2104, and so left office at the beginning of 2015, after which he joined a think tank Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Finally, in the personal life of the politician, in 1967 Rockefeller married Sharon Percy, the daughter of former Senator Charles H. Percy. They have four children.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Jay Rockefeller
  • Net Worth: $120 Million
  • Date Of Birth: June 18, 1937
  • Place Of Birth: New York City, New York, United States
  • Profession: Former United States Senator (1985-2015), Politician
  • Education: Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, International Christian University in Tokyo, Yale University, Harvard University
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Sharon Lee Percy (m. 1967)
  • Children: Justin Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller V, Valerie Rockefeller, Charles Rockefeller
  • Parents: Blanchette Ferry Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller III
  • Siblings: Alida Rockefeller Messinger
  • Nicknames: John Davison Rockefeller IV , John D. Rockefeller IV , John Rockefeller IV
  • IMDB: http://imdb.com/name/nm1913270
  • Awards: Grand Cordon Order of the Rising Sun, Japan (2013)


  • Member of the West Virginia house of delegates, 1966-1968.
  • Secretary of state of West Virginia, 1968-1972.
  • President of West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1973-1976.
  • Governor of West Virginia, 17 January 1977-14 January 1985.
  • Democrat US senator from West Virginia, 15 January 1985-present.
  • Son of John D. Rockefeller III.


Title Year Status Character
60 Minutes 1999-2014 TV Series documentary Himself – Senator, West Virginia (segment “The Data Brokers”) / Himself – Senator, West Virginia (segment “The Pill”)
The Men Who Built America 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself – U.S. Senator
Hardball with Chris Matthews 2004-2005 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2005 TV Series Himself
Meet the Press 2003-2005 TV Series Himself
Biography 1994 TV Series documentary Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
60 Minutes 2014 TV Series documentary Himself – Senator, West Virginia (segment “The Data Brokers”)
Terms and Conditions May Apply 2013 Documentary Himself – Senator, West Virginia
The World According to Dick Cheney 2013 Documentary Himself – Congressman
Fall of the Republic: The Presidency of Barack H. Obama 2009 Documentary Himself – Senator