What is Shaun King's net worth? Controversial activist buys 5-bedroom flat worth $8,42,000

King has been in the spotlight over a lack of transparency in the money he has raised for several criminal justice causes he has supported

                            What is Shaun King's net worth? Controversial activist buys 5-bedroom flat worth $8,42,000
Shaun King (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

Activist Shaun King has built a heroic image, as a civil rights activist who works for the poor and disenfranchised. But the latest report reveals that the controversial civil rights activist is living his life king size in a luxurious New Jersey apartment, making news-watchers wonder about his net worth.

It was reported that earlier this year, King, 41, shifted from his luxurious two-bedroom apartment in downtown Brooklyn to the five-bedroom, 3,000 square foot North Brunswick, NJ, property, with “a lakefront backyard” and gourmet kitchen. The property is enclosed with lush, tall trees, was purchased by King’s wife, Rai-Tonicia King, a PhD candidate and educator, in November 2020 for $842,000, public records show.  King has been a part of controversy for years as he has been accused of conducting allegedly shady dealings through his charitable efforts in movements he has founded, including a lack of transparency in money he has raised for several criminal justice causes he has supported.


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Fellow activists and people who have worked with him for raising money for the Haitian orphans to the families of Black men killed by police have frequently raised questions about King’s leadership and in some cases, asked where the donations have gone. Samaria Rice whose 12-year-old son Tamir was killed by Cleveland cops in November 2014 blasted King on social media and accused him of soliciting funds in her dead son’s name without her permission and even about his own identity as Black or biracial.

What is Shaun King's net worth?

Shaun King was born on September 17, 1979, in Franklin County, Kentucky and completed his graduation from Morehouse College in 2002. He then started working as a research assistant for a history professor. After he left college, he began his career as a motivational speaker for a juvenile justice system in Atlanta and later he became a pastor. He established a church named Courageous Church and hired members through social media, gaining the nickname Facebook pastor. While working as a pastor, King founded aHomeinHaiti.org and raised $1.5 million for charity for Haiti earthquake’s victims in 2010. In 2012, he left his career as a pastor and founded another charity site, HopeMob.org.


King is also an author of a self-help book named 'The Power of 100', which was published in 2015. In October 2015, King started his work for New York Daily News as a senior justice writer and he mostly wrote about social justice. He lives with his wife and the couple have three biological children and two adopted.   



King co-founded the Real Justice political action committee back in 2017 with his former Black Lives Matter leader Patrisse Cullors, who quit BLM a month after it was revealed that she had spent more than $3 million on real estate in the US. The federal PAC helps to elect progressive district attorneys across the country to “fight to end structural racism,”  according to the group’s website, taking in more than $3.2 million from 2019 to 2020. Of those funds, Real Justice took out $460,000 as “consulation” fees to three companies: Social Practice LLC, Bernal Alto LLC and Middle Seat Consulting LLC, which are managed by some members of the political action committee, including treasurer Rebecca Bond. Other PAC payments included $46,330 to Janaya and Patrisse Consulting, a company run by Cullors and her wife Janaya Khan. Those payments were made between 2017 and 2020, according to the Federal Election Commission. It is reported that King's net worth stands at $3 million.