In honor of Black History Month we should not forget to pay honor to Robert L. Johnson who was responsible to be the first black person to start a black owned television network known as today (BET) Black Entertainment Television. He had paved the way for African Americans such as Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Magic Johnson and others that have their own television network. Robert L. Johnson was born in Hickory, Mississippi on April 8, 1946. He is an American business magnate best known for being the founder of television network Black Entertainment Television (BET). Robert is the visionary behind launching the nation’s first black owned cable television network along with his ex wife Sheila Johnson. He had owned the first black owned cable television network from 1980 until 2000. BET reaches more than 65 million U.S. Households and expanded into other BET-related television channels that make up the BET Networks: BET Jazz, and digital cable channels BET Hip-Hop and BET Gospel. In 1990 BET’s initial public offering attracted $72 million. Ten years later Viacom had purchased BET from Robert Johnson for $3 billion. He was also the former chairman and chief executive officer of Black Entertainment Television (BET). Currently Mr. Johnson is the chairman and founder of RLJ Development and former majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats a NBA Franchise along with rapper Nelly and NBA Legend and current majority owner Michael Jordan. Johnson had another history by in 2001 by being the first African American billionaire and the first black person to be listed on any of the Forbes world’s rich list. Today Johnson’s RLJ Companies include hotel real estate, private equity, consumer financial services, asset management, sports and entertainment investments.
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