Jess Jackson was born in United States. Former attorney bought pear orchard in 1974; converted it into a vineyard. His Jackson Family Wines operates 35 wineries in California, Chile, Italy, Australia, France. He is a big name in the Thoroughbred racing scene; owns about 30 racehorses, 60 yearlings and 90 mares at Stonestreet Farms stables. His most famous horses are Curlin, the all-time top earning racehorse in North America with over $10.5 million winnings, and Rachel Alexandra, last year's Preakness winner and 2009 Horse of the Year.