American businesswoman and philanthropist Sheila Johnson has an estimated net worth of $700 million as of 2015, according to Forbes. Born in January 1949 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. She is widely recognized as the co-founder Black Entertainment Television (BET), which was established in 1979 with her former husband Robert L. Johnson. In 2001 the Johnsons became the first African American billionaires after the sold BET to Viacom for a deal worth almost $3 billion. BET has been playing a pivotal role in providing the way for African American voices in the United States. Sheila is also the CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts and has minority shares in the NHL Capitals, the NBA Wizards, and the WNBA Mystics. As a philanthropist, she serves as a Global Ambassador for CARE as well as for the Healthy Site Institute, and is a member of the boards of numerous foundations. In 2015 she was ranked #22 on the America’s Self-Made Women by Forbes. Sheila Johnson married Robert in 1969 and divorced in 2002 after having two children together. She married Judge William T. Newman in 2005.