KEY POINTS

  • CNN commentator Van Jones has an estimated net worth of $5 million
  • He was one of two people Amazon founder Jeff Bezos awarded $100 million to Tuesday
  • Jones said he plans to share the wealth with "others who have a similar spirit"

CNN contributor Van Jones is one of the two people Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has chosen to award $100 million for having "demonstrated courage" and being a "unifier."

After flying to the edge of space Tuesday aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship, Bezos announced that he will be giving Jones and chef and founder of nonprofit World Central Kitchen José Andrés $100 million each, CNN reported. The money was part of his Courage and Civility Award, which honors "unifiers" in a divisive world.

According to the billionaire, both Jones and Andrés were free to do "what they want" with the $100 million, whether they plan to donate it to their respective charities or "share the wealth."

While accepting the award, Jones said that "sometimes dreams come true."

"You bet on me and I appreciate it," he told Bezos, adding that he plans to give the money to "others who have a similar spirit."

Regardless of how he plans to use the massive amount, this would be a big financial boost to Jones, who is estimated to be worth $5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The CNN political commentator, 52, earns $1 million annually, the outlet said.

Over the years, he has launched and hosted several shows at CNN, including "Crossfire," "The Messy Truth with Van Jones," "The Van Jones Show" and "The Redemption Project with Van Jones." Jones has also published three New York Times bestselling books, "The Green Collar Economy," "Rebuild the Dream" and "Beyond the Messy Truth."

Last year, he received the Emmy Award for outstanding original interactive program for "The Messy Truth VR Experience," which he co-produced.

In addition to these, Jones is the founder and president of the Dream Corps, which has several non-profit organizations under its banner, including #cut50, #YesWeCode and Green for All, according to his website.

According to Jones, Yes We Code aims to teach 100,000 low-income kids to write code, while #cut50 is focused on bipartisan solutions to criminal justice reform issues.

Earlier this year, Jones made headlines after he was romantically linked to Kim Kardashian following her split from Kanye West. However, during part 1 of the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" reunion last month, the reality star set the record straight.

"Van texted me and was like, 'This rumor has gotten me so many dates and I'm so grateful, so I owe you,'" Kardashian was quoted as saying by E! News.

Kardashian and Jones first worked together in 2018 when they advocated for criminal-justice reform at the White House. Jones previously gushed to Ellen DeGeneres that the reality star is "going to be an unbelievable attorney" and is "already one of the best advocates that we have in criminal justice."

Van Jones and Kim Kardashian Pictured: Van Jones (L) and Kim Kardashian attend the 1st Annual Criminal Justice Reform Summit co-hosted by Variety and Rolling Stone at 1 Hotel West Hollywood on November 14, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images