Robert L. Johnson biography and facts

Author from United States of America

Robert L. Johnson Robert L. Johnson (born April 8, 1946) is an American business magnate best known for being the founder of television network Black Entertainment Television (BET), and is also its former chairman and chief executive officer. Johnson is currently chairman and founder of RLJ Development and former majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, a National Basketball Association franchise along with rapper Nelly and NBA legend and current majority owner Michael Jordan. In 2001, Johnson became the first African American billionaire, and the first black person to be listed on any of Forbes world's rich list (excluding black Canadian billionaire Michael Lee-Chin who first appeared on the list the same year, who is of mixed black and Chinese ancestry). Johnson was born in Hickory, Mississippi on April 8, 1946, but spent almost all of his childhood in Freeport, Illinois. He was the ninth of 10 children born to Edna Johnson and Archie Johnson. Johnson graduated from Freeport High School in 1964. He studied history at the University of Illinois and graduated in 1968 with a bachelor's degree. While at the University of Illinois, Johnson was a member of the Beta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.  ( Wikipedia )


Personal facts

Known as
Robert L. Johnson
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Archie Johnson, Edna Johnson
Sheila Johnson Sheila Crump
Paige Johnson
Television executive, Entrepreneur, Businessperson


Company Job title From To
RLJ Development LLC Chief Executive Officer
National Cable & Telecommunications Association Vice President, Government Relations
RLJ Companies Chief Executive Officer
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Black Entertainment Television Chief Executive Officer 1980 2005


Institution From To
Princeton University 1972
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1968
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

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