Sheila Johnson. Courtesy Photo
Sheila Johnson’s accomplishments are breathtaking. She is president and managing partner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. As a partner in Lincoln Holdings, LLC, she owns part of the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals hockey team. She sits on the boards of educational institutions as varied as Howard University and Parsons The New School for Design in New York. Johnson is a member of the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. An accomplished violinist, she gives generously to the arts through her Sheila C. Johnson Foundation.
Bob Johnson. Sheila Johnson. Courtesy Photo
Her sterling accomplishments not withstanding, Sheila Johnson has yet to fully emerge from the shadow of Black Entertainment Television (BET), which she co-founded with Robert L. Johnson, her ex-husband. BET’s parent company, BET Holdings II, Inc., was sold to media giant Viacom in 2000 for $3 billion.