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born 1949

Sheila C. Johnson has built a reputation on making bold investments that tap into her personal beliefs + passions…to build businesses, advance education, promote diversity, grow women's professional sports, nurture the arts and give back to the global community.

With an estimated net worth of $400 million, she ranks second only to Oprah Winfrey among the wealthiest black women in America.

When asked what business strategy has allowed her to achieve such incredible success, Sheila revealed that her model is to not follow any model. In her own words ~ "When I instinctively feel it is the right move to make, I do it."

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all quotes by Sheila Johnson (16)

"Oprah Winfrey has grown emotionally and spiritually in such a positive way, and she's never really come off her path. She's almost like a hurricane - category 5 and building."

Life after BET: A Billion Lessons Learned | may 2005

"I am very happy. . . . I'm following my passion, and I wake up everyday wanting to do more."

A Heart-to-Heart with America's First Black Billionairess | september 2005

"The work to which we give ourselves must be something larger than any of us as individuals, something big enough to be worthy of who we might someday be and what we have the talent and potential to offer."

Philanthropist Calls on Colleges to Inspire Students to Give | june 2007

"None of my success in life would have been possible if not for my education in the arts."

Philanthropist Calls on Colleges to Inspire Students to Give | june 2007

"Basically, educators have been my role models."

Interview with America's First Black Billionairess, Sheila C. Johnson | january 2010

"Many of the challenges currently facing our nation affect the African-American community disproportionately. . . . Yet, if we aren't being heard in key public debates, we cannot help to shape them."

Welcome to HuffPost BlackVoices! | august 2011

"Today, we have incredibly powerful new media tools -- tools that can help us inform, inspire, educate and engage one another. The digital space, with its interactivity and immediacy, allows us to not merely consume but participate in and drive contemporary debates."

Welcome to HuffPost BlackVoices! | august 2011

"Surround yourself with people who share your vision and don't have their own agenda."

How Business Mogul Sheila C. Johnson Turned a Passion Project into a Luxury Scarf Line | november 2012

"Everywhere I go, I take my camera. It forces me to slow down, and really look, and really see. And what I’ve seen is so inspiring."

How Business Mogul Sheila C. Johnson Turned a Passion Project into a Luxury Scarf Line | november 2012

"Opportunities where I can continue to express myself and continue to challenge the boundaries of sharing my life with others—that’s what gets me out of bed every morning."

How Business Mogul Sheila C. Johnson Turned a Passion Project into a Luxury Scarf Line | november 2012

"You have to diversify to grow. I'm not afraid to take risks and fail."

A Day in the Life of Sheila Johnson | may 2013

"Even before BET, I was the CEO of my own life."

Shelia's Third Act | january 2014

"You can change minds with loving-kindness."

Sheila's Third Act | january 2014

"Money doesn't fall out of the sky. We had a business plan, an extraordinary proposal and it was the right timing."

Sheila's Third Act | january 2014

"Once you've explored all of your options, you have to know when to let go."

Sheila's Third Act | january 2014

"Diversity is the destiny of this country."

BET Co-Founder Speaks at Hampton University | april 2014
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curated with care by Meghan Miller Brawley {july 2014}