Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass calls Rev. Jackson the King of Beers. (2001 in Review).
Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass calls Rev. Jackson the
"King of Beers." In 1995, Jackson asked his friend Ron Burkle
to help his sons get a "lucrative" Budweiser distributorship
on the North and Northwest sides of Chicago, reports the Tribune. A year
later, Yusef Jackson, Jesse Jackson's son, met with Budweiser
Brands Vice President August A. Busch IV, a friend of Burkle's. And
in 1998 Yusef Jackson became the majority owner of the River North
distributorship. Rev. Jackson, who in the 1980s charged Anheuser-Busch
with racial discrimination and led a national boycott against the firm,
denies involvement in the deal.