Sheila Crump Johnson, born on January 25, 1949, is an American businesswoman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She is best known as a co-founder of BET (Black Entertainment Television) and for her contributions to the business and entertainment industries. In 1979, Sheila Johnson, along with her then-husband Robert L. Johnson and a group of investors, co-founded BET, which would become the first television network dedicated to African American audiences. As the network grew, Johnson played a pivotal role in its development and success, serving as the vice president of corporate affairs.
After the sale of BET in 2001, Sheila Johnson focused on various entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. She has been involved in the hospitality industry, founding Salamander Hotels and Resorts, which operates luxury hotels and resorts in the United States. Her properties include the Salamander Resort & Spa in Virginia and the Innisbrook Resort in Florida.
Johnson has also made significant contributions to the arts and education. She has been involved in supporting and promoting African American artists and filmmakers through her involvement in film festivals and arts organizations. Additionally, she has supported educational initiatives and has been actively involved in organizations working to improve the quality of education for underserved communities.
Beyond her business and philanthropic endeavors, Sheila Johnson has been recognized for her leadership and achievements. She has received numerous awards, including the BET Humanitarian Award and the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Award. Sheila Johnson’s accomplishments and contributions have made her a respected figure in business and philanthropy. She continues to be involved in various ventures and remains committed to using her resources and influence to make a positive impact in various fields.