It’s been ten-years since we witnessed Donald Trump fire Kwame Jackson in front of twenty-eight million viewers on “The Apprentice.” And though he was new to the world of ‘reality’ television, he never felt intimidated by Trump saying,
“Everybody puts on their pants the same way I do.”
Many attributed his loss to fellow cast mate Omarosa Manigualt-Stallworth who failed to cooperate during his final task.
Nevertheless, Kwame has gone on to do big things in business. After the show aired he received upwards of five job offers a day including one from billionaire, Mark Cuban.
After careful consideration, he realized it wasn’t a job he was seeking.
“It was never about, how do I get to work for Mr. Trump? I’m not trying to work for Trump-I’m trying to be Trump.” adding, “it’s betting on yourself.”
So he opted to start Legacy Holdings LLC, an emerging private investment firm focused on real estate development, Kwame Inc. a personal brand management firm focused on his multi-media efforts as a professional speaker, author and television personality and his hugely-successful executive neck-wear line, Krimson by Kwame available online and retail outlets: Macy’s, Dillard’s, Belk, JC Penny’s and more.
He understood nothing worthwhile happens overnight saying,
“These are all seat-at-the-table projects,” Jackson says. Legacy, he adds, is “not about making our fortune now. It’s about the monster we’ve created five years from now.”
Today with an estimated net worth of 2.5 million, Kwame is one of the highest paid, highly sought after public speakers to come from the world of ‘reality’ TV. Having delivered more than 250 lectures on topics such as: leadership, team building, surviving while thriving in corporate America, entrepreneurship and more.
He continues to be courted by Fortune 500 company’s for his input and expertise and has received numerous accolades in many cities including his hometown declaration of “Kwame Jackson Day” by the Mayor of Charlotte, NC.
It has always been his passion towards excellence that has propelled him forward as he continues to live by his own words,
“We have our whole lives to be ordinary, and only a few fleeting moments to be extraordinary!”