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    An interesting update on the Jackson family and their current financial and personal situations:

    JACKO CLAN IN A DEEP FUNK
    A Tale of Riches Back to Rags as Michael and Jilted Kin Hit Rock Bottom
    By STACY BROWN and JAMES FANELLI


    Michael Jackson, 49

    On the verge of losing Neverland ranch as well as the family’s Encino, Calif., home. He’s hiding out in Las Vegas and repeatedly makes promises to his brothers while sabotaging any attempts by them to ply their musical trade.

    On the verge of losing Neverland ranch as well as the family’s Encino, Calif., home. He’s hiding out in Las Vegas and repeatedly makes promises to his brothers while sabotaging any attempts by them to ply their musical trade.

    March 23, 2008 -- STIFFED by their superstar brother Michael and plagued by decades of bad fiscal decisions, the once-mighty Jackson family is barely scraping by, with one brother stocking groceries, another repairing cars and others living at home with mom while hoping for sister Janet's next handout.

    They have fallen far from their days as sequin-studded stage stars who could rake in seven-figure paydays for a single performance. Then they were the Jackson Five, the undisputed kings of Motown, a Berry Gordy-led, bell-bottomed global phenomenon.

    Their first four singles rocketed to the top of the charts, four albums went platinum, and the band of brothers sold more than 100 million albums, second only to the Beatles, while pioneering a multimedia empire that spanned radio, TV, cartoons and magazines.

    But in a series of interviews with three of the nine Jackson children, two relatives and a current and former employee - over the last three years and as recently as last week - The Post learned in stunning detail just how down and out the Jacksons are.

    Marlon Jackson, 51, an original Jackson Five member who stocks shelves at a Vons supermarket in San Diego, had to temporarily move into an extended-stay hotel.

    Randy, 46, does odd jobs, including fixing cars in a Los Angeles garage owned by a family friend. He recently claimed Michael was going to give him $1.7 million - "a pipe dream," said another brother last week.

    Jackie, 56, the oldest and most debonair of the brothers, is struggling to manage his son Siggy's aspiring rap career after an Internet clothing business startup and attempts to produce music failed.

    Jermaine, 54, shuttles back and forth from his girlfriend's home in Ventura County, Calif., to his parents' mansion in Encino, where Jackie and Randy still bunk.

    Tito, 55, is the only brother still making music, but it's a meager living. The guitarist fronts a blues and jazz band that plays small venues and nets him $500 and $1,500 per occasional gig - a far cry from the days when the Jacksons could pull in 50,000 people at $30 a ticket.

    Family patriarch Joseph Jackson, 79, spends most of his waking hours conjuring up schemes he hopes will replenish a bank account that once had more money than the FDIC cared to insure. Peddling musical girl groups in Las Vegas and a book about his family in Germany, Joseph, despite evidence to the contrary, is not convinced that time and the music industry have passed him by.

    "We can get back out there and set the world on fire," he told The Post last week. "If the Rolling Stones can still rake in the money, so, too, can my boys."

    Like their days growing up in hardscrabble Gary, Ind., the Jacksons are approaching poverty. Tough times have the clan recalling how the six boys and three girls shared a shingled home with a two-car garage, when Joseph worked in a steel mill and mother Katherine, 77, scoured thrift shops to clothe her brood.

    Their current home, called Hayvenhurst, sits on more than five acres and is adorned with Michael's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, statues of animals, a lush flower garden, a dollhouse and a four-car garage with the word "Welcome" written above it.

    But the beauty belies the family's dark fiscal troubles - workers often go months without a paycheck, and Janet Jackson, 41, the new breadwinner in the family, purchased a Vegas home for her mother in anticipation of her eventually losing Hayvenhurst.

    "It was better in Gary, Indiana," Jermaine said a couple of years ago.

    How did their fortunes crumble? A slew of bad investments, poor advice, bankruptcy, stubborn pride, divorces, IRS debt, child support and a brother, Michael, who would rather give $1 million to Marlon Brando than do a concert tour or record to help make his brothers whole again.

    "Michael was not going to work with the family again," said Frank DiLeo, the manager who oversaw Michael Jackson's ultra-successful "Bad" album and tour. "He was concerned only about building his legacy. He had to be bigger than Elvis."

    The family's downfall is not entirely Michael's fault, others argue. The Gloved One footed their bills for years. But his generosity came at a devastating price: The King of Pop used his vast power and influence to prevent his siblings from plying the trade that led to such mega-hits as "I Want You Back," "The Love You Save" and "ABC."

    Jackson, riding high in the music world, signed his brothers to his personal record label, MJJ, and refused to release any of their music.

    "Michael's mission was to make sure his family was broke, and he accomplished that through the industry, which mostly kowtowed to him," said Bob Jones, former longtime director of communications for Jackson and the author of "Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask."

    "We were always ordered by Michael to keep his family away from his offices and out of his business," he said. "He hated them. He wanted them broke. Michael even refused to allow Jermaine, who had come over to Europe to see one of Michael's concerts about a decade ago, to guest on 'I'll Be There.' Jermaine was devastated."

    The family filed for Chapter 11 protection in 1997, listing debts of more than $45 million following the collapse of Jackson Communications Inc., which was started by Jermaine. Only Michael, Janet and sister La Toya were spared from the many lawsuits connected to JCI.

    Led by Janet, the Jackson sisters have carved out a far different lifestyle than their famous brothers.

    Janet is said to be worth upward of $150 million, while controversial sister LaToya, 52, is a millionaire. Rebbie, 57, the oldest, has been married for more than 35 years to a successful businessman she met in Gary, and the two live in an exclusive Las Vegas enclave.

    With the release of his "Invincible" album in 2001, Michael celebrated 30 years in the music industry with two star-studded concerts in Madison Square Garden.

    While paying Brando $1 million to appear and giving five- and six-figure fees to artists such as Whitney Houston, Usher, Britney Spears and Destiny's Child to perform, Jacko had his brothers sign a contract that would pay them just $1,100 each.

    Michael charged the brothers for hotel and travel, and the siblings were never paid their measly performance fees, according to the brothers.

    "Charity begins at home," Joseph Jackson said during a 2005 interview. "Michael should think about that."

    Promises again abounded during the 2005 child-molestation trial in which Michael swore he would regroup with the family and do a "Celebration" tour.

    While Michael's publicist, Raymone Bain, often held impromptu press conferences to denounce those she claimed were taking advantage of Jacko, family members themselves were capitalizing on the daily headlines.

    Joseph Jackson demanded payment for interviews during the trial. A Vegas-based magician named Majestik the Magnificent worked closely with Joseph to secure pay.

    Inside the gates of the Hayvenhurst estate with Joseph, Majestik told a producer from MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" by cellphone that "our conversation must begin with at least $50,000 for Joe to come on."

    When the producer, George Uribe, declined, Majestik shot back, "Your ratings go up with the Jacksons on, and you make a lot of money . . . so you gotta share the love."

    Family members, led by Jermaine, began shooting home video of the goings-on during the trial, hoping to shop it to networks as a reality show. Dramatic footage never seen by the public includes Jacko's drive to the courthouse on verdict day. In the SUV, Michael wails, "Why me? Why me?" Gripping a Bible, he begins to compare himself to the biblical Job.

    More broken promises followed Jacko's acquittal.

    "Michael said after the trial ends, and we know he is going to walk, that we are definitely going out on tour," Jermaine said. "We are going to set the world on fire." Instead Michael fled to the Middle East. Randy Jackson, who persuaded several friends to remortgage their homes, used the cash to help pay Michael's legal and other expenses. Randy said he was left holding the bag when Michael fled to Bahrain. When Michael returned to the States, taking up residence in Las Vegas in December 2006, Randy tried to confront him, but Michael would not have it. A desperate Randy charged the compound housing Michael, but bodyguards were sicced on the youngest brother.

    "We are willing now to go out and do some things without [Michael]," one of the brothers said recently. "We have to."

    *

    Joseph Jackson, 79 and Katherine Jackson, 77

    Dad hustles various girl groups in Las Vegas. Mom is still a stay-at-home housewife and the only family member in contact with Michael. Both have previously filed for bankruptcy

    Janet Jackson, 41

    The current family breadwinner. She bought her mom a Vegas home in anticipation of losing the family's mansion, Hayvenhurst, to foreclosure. Like their Neverland colleagues, workers at Hayvenhurst have not been paid for months.

    LaToya Jackson, 52

    Family turncoat who declared Michael guilty during the 1993 molestation case, she earns a living mostly in Europe and in the UAE judging beauty and singing contests. She lives with a wealthy boyfriend in Beverly Hills and has little contact with her siblings.

    Rebbie Jackson, 57

    The oldest, she's married to successful businessman Nathaniel Brown.

    Tito Jackson, 55

    Formed a blues band several years ago and plays at small venues for $500 to $1,500 a gig.

    Michael Jackson, 49

    On the verge of losing Neverland ranch as well as the family's Encino, Calif., home. He's hiding out in Las Vegas and repeatedly makes promises to his brothers while sabotaging any attempts by them to ply their musical trade.

    Randy Jackson, 46

    Does odd jobs like changing tires to support himself. He was Michael's business manager during the 2005 molestation trial but ran into serious problems with friends after he persuaded three people to take out lines of credits against their homes to help Michael pay his attorney fees and Michael stiffed them.

    Marlon Jackson, 51

    Lives in San Diego, where he works stocking groceries at a Vons supermarket. He fell on hard times three years ago when he was forced to leave his foreclosed home and move into an Extended Stay America hotel with his wife, Carol.

    Jackie Jackson, 56

    The oldest son started an Internet clothing business and is trying to produce records by his sons. Nothing has panned out.

    Jermaine Jackson, 54

    Splits time between the parents' Hayvenhurst mansion and his girlfriend's home in the San Fernando Valley. With more than $5 million in federal, state and other liens against him and a 1995 bankruptcy filing, he doesn't work or have a regular income.
    An interesting update, although I don't think any of it is really a surprise to anyone.
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    Re: Update on The Jackson Family

    I'm a little surprised about Michael's anymosity towards his family but not surprised at the same time. All I can say is "What an a**!" Just one more reason for me to despise Michael. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt regarding the molestation stuff but this? To treat his own family this way? I started losing respect for him when the molestation stuff came out but I have now lost complete and total respect for him. Shame on you, Michael! This is a horrible way to treat the family that IMO got Michael where he was. I'm sorry but IMO, if it weren't for the brothers and his dad, I don't think Michael would've had a career at all. I can't imagine treating strangers (okay, acquaintances) like Destiny's Child, Whitney Houston, etc..better than your own family. I'm so disgusted by this!
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    In a way I feel sorry for them, but its not like these folks didn't have a lot of money floating around them at one point. Michael wasn't always this stingy, and the Brothers themselves had a decent ability to make money for a lot of years. And Joe... Joe took money from everyone, for YEARS.

    Maybe these guys never had the hundreds of billions that Michael did, but at the very least they had to have been in millionaire territory. I think this is the culmination of a lot of high living, a lot of years of living beyond their means.

    It's kind of hilarious that for all her notable lack of talent, her shaky past, bad romantic connections and complete disconnection from her family for so long, that LaToya is likely the second best earner among the extended family, after Janet. Or third, if you count Michael, who, face it, could still go to Japan and fill an arena there if he was willing to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nilesgirl;2863888;
    I'm sorry but IMO, if it weren't for the brothers and his dad, I don't think Michael would've had a career at all.
    I don't think you're wrong in that assumption, nilesgirl.

    Although Michael's talent did stand out from his brothers from the beginning, it was the family group factor that made Joe put so much money (what they had), time, and effort into pushing their career hopes and putting them out where they'd have a chance to make money at it. With such a large family, and Michael not being the oldest or the youngest, I think it's a safe assumption that if it were just him that showed promise or talent, that Joe wouldn't have given the same devotion to getting him in the business and that Michael's talents might not have had a chance to evolve as they did. For all his faults, and he has many many many of them, Joe was the biggest factor in getting the brothers seen and heard by the right people at the right time, and keeping them going through the years before they became megastars. And so it follows that without his brothers, Michael might have ended up working in a factory in Indiana.

    My own belief is that Michael is absolutely a child molester and should have been convicted as such, and also that is he absolutely delusional and nuts. Having said that, it also can't be denied that he once possessed a good talent (I won't go so far as to say great talent, but good, yes), and I won't take that away from him. But to still say publicly that he supports his family and would do anything for his mother, and for it to be such a blatant falsehood shows that he still thinks that whatever he says, people will believe.

    I loved the Jackson's music when they were a group, I'm a child of that era, and I loved Michael's music up to his Bad album. But I do think that all of the Jackson's are as much to blame for their current situations as Michael is, if not more in some cases. Bad choices, arrogant refusal to accept sound business/investment advice, continued denial of what they knew to be true about Michael which caused them to sink money into foundless dreams, and sheer laziness (preferring to wait for Michael to give them money, in spite of his previous promises to do so not happening).... all combine to peel away the layers of money they once had.

    It's a story that isn't a new one in the realms of music stars of yesterday, and it won't be the last one. It's sad in about every way possible. It's just not surprising where Michael Jackson is involved.

    At least Rebbie seems to be well-balanced and settled. And like Krom, I find it ironic that LaToya is doing as well as she is. That must rankle the family almost, if not more, than what Michael has -- or more accurately, hasn't -- done for the family.

    I think the only thing that surprises me about that article, really, is that Katherine and Joe are still married to each other.
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    Re: Update on The Jackson Family

    Two families, the Jacksons and the Osmonds. Both popular musical brother groups during the same era.
    Both families came into financial difficulties. One family turned against each other. The other worked through it together, as a family.
    (not at all saying the Osmonds are NOT without their problems.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PugMum;2864058;
    Two families, the Jacksons and the Osmonds. Both popular musical brother groups during the same era.
    Both families came into financial difficulties. One family turned against each other. The other worked through it together, as a family.
    (not at all saying the Osmonds are NOT without their problems.)
    Indeed. One family remembered the meaning of family, one didn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemeses;2864068;
    Indeed. One family remembered the meaning of family, one didn't.
    Exactly. Can money give you emotional support? No. Can a family? Absolutely. Am I saying that MJ's family would've given him emotional support? No. I mean, each one of them had their own emotional turmoil to deal with without having to deal with his problems but I think that if he's going to promise financial support to his brothers, then he should stop building at-home amusement parks for his many MANY "guests" and keep his promises. I, also, will not take away from him that in his hay-day, he had a good talent. I had my favorite songs from him (one of which is on a memorial CD I made in memory of a friend of mine who was killed 15 years ago [Gone Too Soon. My friend died 2 weeks before his 23rd birthday so this song was perfect for that.]) But I will have a very difficult time listening to any of his music now that I know that he has such disrespect for the family that got him started.
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    There is nothing wrong with a person not want to just give their money away, even if it is to family.
    But if that were the case then MJ could of employed that family member so it would not be charity and one would not "owe" the other.

    Charles Barkley has said that he will not give a relative with money so they can pay their rent. BUT, he will give them a job so they can earn their own rent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PugMum;2864324;
    There is nothing wrong with a person not want to just give their money away, even if it is to family.
    But if that were the case then MJ could of employed that family member so it would not be charity and one would not "owe" the other.

    Charles Barkley has said that he will not give a relative with money so they can pay their rent. BUT, he will give them a job so they can earn their own rent.
    If you read the article, it's hardly just an issue of Michael not giving them money.

    On one side, there's what's on them, the other Jacksons. Greed, bad judgment, delusion, and borderline insanity.

    On the other side, there are the claims that Michael gave them money in the past by binding them to a record label that only existed on paper, that prevented them from ever actually working and further developing their own careers.

    Although its not like Michael is the only source of money. Janet is allegedly worth around $150 million, LaToya apparently has somehow eked her fortunes back to being at least a millionaire, and Rebbie is married to a really rich dude. With that much money still floating around the family, even if the rich ones only shared a bit, there's very little reason to think that anyone's exactly living on Food Stamps.

    There's also the aspect that the other Jacksons seem to claim Michael made and broke promises made to them. Maybe he shouldn't have been put in the position of being the cash cow for them, but if you look at this wacky notion of signing them up to his non-existent record label and never allowing them to make records or perform, if you believe the others when they claim that I mean, then perhaps those promises take on a bit more weight.

    And of all of them, of course, Joe Jackson is the hardest to feel any pity for. That old man will die someday still trying to scam someone with his last breath.
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    i feel sorry for the jackson family.. ones they are in the peek of there career and then to downfall. its really a tragedy for them specially michael who earned a lot.

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