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Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson IV (born April 12, 1947) is an American businessman, philanthropist, and diplomat who is currently serving as United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom.[1][2] He is a great-grandson of Robert Wood Johnson I
Robert Wood Johnson I
(co-founder of Johnson & Johnson), and the owner of the New York Jets
New York Jets
of the National Football League.[3][4]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Politics

3.1 United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

4 Personal life 5 References

Early life[edit] Johnson was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States. He is the son of Betty (Wold) and Robert Wood Johnson III, president of Johnson & Johnson for four years. He is sometimes referred to as "Woodith" or "Woody" by close friends and family. Johnson grew up with four siblings, Keith Johnson, Billy Johnson, Elizabeth "Libet" Johnson, and Christopher Wold Johnson, in affluent areas of northern New Jersey, and attended the Millbrook School. He graduated from the University of Arizona. Johnson then worked menial summer jobs at Johnson & Johnson with the expectation of ascending to the top of the family business.[5] Career[edit] Johnson became involved in charitable organizations full-time in the 1980s. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His family has been affected by both lupus and juvenile diabetes, which motivated Johnson to take a role in raising funds to prevent, treat, and cure autoimmune diseases. He has led efforts on Capitol Hill and at the National Institutes of Health to increase research funding for these diseases,[6] and personally contributed to causes related to diabetes, after his daughter Casey was diagnosed with the disease. He started a research foundation, the Alliance for Lupus Research, after his daughter Jaime was found to have lupus.[7] On January 18, 2000, Johnson purchased the Jets for $635 million, the third-highest price for a professional sports team and the highest for one in New York. Johnson, who also owns courtside seats to the New York Knicks, outbid the $612 million offered by Charles Dolan, chairman of Cablevision, which owns Madison Square Garden, the Knicks, and the Rangers. The team sold for more than $100 million above what some sports finance analysts had expected. Forbes
Forbes
now values the team at $1.8 billion.[8] After buying the Jets, Johnson announced plans to move them to the proposed West Side Stadium
West Side Stadium
in Manhattan. However, after the project's defeat in 2005, Johnson announced the Jets would move to a new Meadowlands Stadium (opening day April 10, 2010) as an equal partner with the Giants. Johnson served on the NFL Commissioner search committee in which a list of 185 candidates to succeed Paul Tagliabue was narrowed down to the final choice of Roger Goodell. Johnson is the chairman and chief executive of the Johnson Company, Inc., a private investment firm founded in 1978. In August 2006, Johnson was asked to testify before the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding his participation in a tax avoidance scheme. A Senate report said that Johnson, along with others, was able to buy, for relatively small fees, roughly $2 billion in capital losses that they used to erase taxable gains they garnered from stock sales. The U.S. Treasury lost an estimated $300 million in revenue as a result. In a statement, Johnson said he had been advised by his lawyers in 2000 that the transaction "was consistent with the Tax Code." After the Internal Revenue Service
Internal Revenue Service
challenged that view in 2003, Johnson in 2006 settled with the IRS and agreed to pay 100 percent of the tax due plus interest.[9] Johnson was the committee president of the Pre-Commissioning Unit for the San Antonio-class USS New York.[10] Politics[edit]

Johnson's first official Ambassador portrait

Johnson has given more than $1 million to various Republican candidates and committees. In May 2008, he orchestrated a fundraiser in New York City that brought in $7 million in a single evening for John McCain, by far the largest amount collected up to that point by a campaign that had been struggling to raise money. Johnson also provided significant funding to the Republican National Convention
Republican National Convention
of 2008 in Minneapolis-St. Paul
Minneapolis-St. Paul
convention host committee; from a $10 million shortfall, Johnson contributed personally and solicited friends to assist in covering the convention deficit.[11] In 2011, Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
announced that he would endorse former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election.[12] On September 23, 2013, Johnson hosted a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee at his home in New York City.[13] In June 2015, Johnson was named the National Finance Chairman for Jeb Bush's 2016 presidential campaign.[14] In May 2016, Johnson endorsed Trump for president.[15] United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom[edit] On January 19, 2017, President-elect Donald Trump
Donald Trump
announced that he planned to nominate Johnson to become United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom.[16][17] On June 22, 2017, Trump nominated Johnson for the position.[18] The nomination was referred to the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on June 26, 2017, and a hearing was held on July 20, 2017.[19] Johnson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 3, 2017.[20] Johnson was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence
Mike Pence
on August 21, 2017, in the Oval Office. Johnson presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
on November 8, 2017, formally becoming Ambassador.[21] Personal life[edit] In 1977, Johnson married former fashion model Nancy Sale Johnson. They had three children: Casey, Jaime, and Daisy, before divorcing in 2001. In early 2010, Casey died of diabetic ketoacidosis.[22] In 2009, Johnson married Suzanne Ircha Johnson, a former actress and equities managing director at Sandler O'Neill & Partners.[23][24] They have two children: Robert Wood Johnson V and Jack Wood Johnson. Johnson has homes in Bedminster Township, New Jersey, and Manhattan, New York City.[25] References[edit]

^ " Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
nominated as US ambassador to Britain". The Guardian. June 22, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.  ^ "PN691 — Robert Wood Johnson IV — Department of State". U.S. Congress. Retrieved August 6, 2017.  ^ "Sale Johnson and Ahmad Rashad Get Married Monday". Transworldnews.com. November 21, 2007. Retrieved July 30, 2015.  ^ Richard Sandomir (January 12, 2000). "Philanthropist and Fan". New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2008. Robert Wood Johnson IV, whose great-grandfather founded Johnson & Johnson, won the right yesterday to buy the Jets for $635 million, the third-highest price for a professional sports team and the most for one in New York.  ^ Wilson, Duff (November 11, 2004). "Behind the Jets, a Private Man Pushes His Dream". New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2010. He grew up in affluent areas of New Jersey, attended the elite Millbrook School in the Hudson Valley and worked menial summer jobs at Johnson & Johnson with the expectation of ascending to the top of the family business.  ^ "Board of Directors". Alliance for Lupus Research. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2014.  ^ Halligan, Tom. "NY Jets' Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
Shares Insights At LCT Show East". LCT. Retrieved June 3, 2014.  ^ " New York Jets
New York Jets
Team Value". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved May 12, 2015.  ^ Birnbaum, Jeffrey H. (August 1, 2006). "Tax Shelters Saved Billionaires a Bundle". The Washington Post.  ^ [1][dead link] ^ Luo, Michael (September 5, 2008). "Convention Limelight Shines on a Big Donor". The New York Times.  ^ Haberman, Maggie (November 11, 2011). " Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
says Chris Christie's Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
endorsement a game-changer". Politico.  ^ "GOP stars to headline party fundraiser". CNN. Retrieved August 26, 2013.  ^ Reinhard, Beth; O'Connor, Patrick (June 24, 2015). " Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush
Picks Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
as Finance Chairman". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 27, 2017.  ^ Cosentino, Dom (May 24, 2016). "Jets owner Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
backs Donald Trump, per reports". nj.com. Retrieved May 25, 2016.  ^ Borger, Julian (January 19, 2017). " New York Jets
New York Jets
owner Woody Johnson to be US ambassador to UK". The Guardian. Retrieved January 20, 2017.  ^ Schouten, Fredreka (May 17, 2017). "President Trump's ambassador picks sit in limbo". USA Today. Retrieved May 18, 2017.  ^ Zurcher, Anthony (June 23, 2017). "Woody Johnson: Trump picks NFL tycoon as UK ambassador". BBC News. Retrieved June 24, 2017.  ^ "Tracking how many key positions Trump has filled so far". Washington Post. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.  ^ Bieler, Des (August 3, 2017). "Jets owner Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
confirmed as ambassador to the U.K." Washington Post. Retrieved August 9, 2017.  ^ "Donald Trump's man in London presents credentials to Queen". Belfast Telegraph. Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved November 30, 2017.  ^ "Coroner: Casey Johnson
Casey Johnson
died of natural causes - CNN.com". CNN. February 4, 2010.  ^ "Wall Street firms vow to rebuild". USA Today. January 25, 2002.  ^ "The Hollywood Gossip - Celebrity Gossip and Entertainment News". Bittenandbound.com. Retrieved July 30, 2015.  ^ Sandomir, Richard (January 12, 2000). "The Jets Fill One Opening: New Owner at $635 Million". The New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2010. Johnson, who is 52 years old, has homes in Manhattan
Manhattan
and Bedminster, N.J. 

Diplomatic posts

Preceded by Matthew Barzun United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom 2017–present Incumbent

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Ambassadors of the United States of America to the Court of St. James's

Ministers Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James's 1785–1811

John Adams
John Adams
(1785–1788) Thomas Pinckney
Thomas Pinckney
(1792–1796) Rufus King
Rufus King
(1796–1803) James Monroe
James Monroe
(1803–1807) William Pinkney
William Pinkney
(1808–1811) Jonathan Russell
Jonathan Russell
(chargé d'affaires) (1811–1812)

Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James's 1815–1893

John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams
(1815–1817) Richard Rush
Richard Rush
(1818–1825) Rufus King
Rufus King
(1825–1826) Albert Gallatin
Albert Gallatin
(1826–1827) James Barbour
James Barbour
(1828–1829) Louis McLane
Louis McLane
(1829–1831) Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren
(1831–1832) Aaron Vail (chargé d'affaires) (1832–1836) Andrew Stevenson
Andrew Stevenson
(1836–1841) Edward Everett
Edward Everett
(1841–1845) Louis McLane
Louis McLane
(1845–1846) George Bancroft
George Bancroft
(1846–1849) Abbott Lawrence
Abbott Lawrence
(1849–1852) Joseph R. Ingersoll (1852–1853) James Buchanan
James Buchanan
(1853–1856) George M. Dallas
George M. Dallas
(1856–1861) Charles Adams Sr. (1861–1868) Reverdy Johnson
Reverdy Johnson
(1868–1869) John Lothrop Motley
John Lothrop Motley
(1869–1870) Robert C. Schenck
Robert C. Schenck
(1871–1876) Edwards Pierrepont
Edwards Pierrepont
(1876–1877) John Welsh (1877–1879) James Russell Lowell
James Russell Lowell
(1880–1885) Edward J. Phelps (1885–1889) Robert Todd Lincoln
Robert Todd Lincoln
(1889–1893)

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James's 1893–present

Thomas F. Bayard
Thomas F. Bayard
Sr. (1893–1897) John Hay
John Hay
(1897–1898) Joseph Choate (1899–1905) Whitelaw Reid
Whitelaw Reid
(1905–1912) Walter Page (1913-1918) John W. Davis
John W. Davis
(1918–1921) George Harvey (1921–1923) Frank B. Kellogg
Frank B. Kellogg
(1924–1925) Alanson B. Houghton
Alanson B. Houghton
(1925–1929) Charles G. Dawes
Charles G. Dawes
(1929–1931) Andrew W. Mellon
Andrew W. Mellon
(1932–1933) Robert Bingham (1933–1937) Joseph P. Kennedy (1938–1940) John G. Winant (1941–1946) W. Averell Harriman
W. Averell Harriman
(1946) Lewis W. Douglas (1947–1950) Walter S. Gifford (1950–1953) Winthrop W. Aldrich
Winthrop W. Aldrich
(1953–1957) John Hay
John Hay
Whitney (1957–1961) David K. E. Bruce (1961–1969) Walter H. Annenberg (1969–1974) Elliot L. Richardson (1975–1976) Anne Armstrong (1976–1977) Kingman Brewster Jr. (1977–1981) John J. Louis Jr. (1981–1983) Charles H. Price II
Charles H. Price II
(1983–1989) Henry E. Catto Jr. (1989–1991) Raymond G. H. Seitz (1991–1994) William J. Crowe
William J. Crowe
(1994–1997) Philip Lader
Philip Lader
(1997–2001) William Stamps Farish III
William Stamps Farish III
(2001–2004) Robert H. Tuttle
Robert H. Tuttle
(2005–2009) Louis Susman
Louis Susman
(2009–2013) Matthew Barzun
Matthew Barzun
(2013–2017) Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
(2017– )

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New York Titans / Jets owners

Harry Wismer
Harry Wismer
(1959–1963) Sonny Werblin (1963–1968) Leon Hess
Leon Hess
(1968–1999) Leon Hess
Leon Hess
estate (1999–2000) Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
(2000– )

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Current owners of the National Football League

American Football Conference

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West

Terry and Kim Pegula (Buffalo Bills) Stephen M. Ross
Stephen M. Ross
(Miami Dolphins) Robert Kraft
Robert Kraft
(New England Patriots) Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
(New York Jets)

Steve Bisciotti
Steve Bisciotti
(Baltimore Ravens) Mike Brown (Cincinnati Bengals) Jimmy and Dee Haslam (Cleveland Browns) Rooney family
Rooney family
(Pittsburgh Steelers)

Bob McNair
Bob McNair
(Houston Texans) Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay
(Indianapolis Colts) Shahid Khan
Shahid Khan
(Jacksonville Jaguars) KSA Industries (Tennessee Titans)

Pat Bowlen
Pat Bowlen
(Denver Broncos) Clark Hunt
Clark Hunt
(Kansas City Chiefs) Alex Spanos (Los Angeles Chargers) Mark and Carol Davis (Oakland Raiders)

National Football Conference

NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West

Jerry Jones
Jerry Jones
(Dallas Cowboys) John Mara and Steve Tisch (New York Giants) Jeffrey Lurie
Jeffrey Lurie
(Philadelphia Eagles) Daniel Snyder
Daniel Snyder
(Washington Redskins)

Virginia Halas McCaskey (Chicago Bears) Martha Firestone Ford (Detroit Lions) Green Bay Packers, Inc.
Green Bay Packers, Inc.
(governed by a Board of Directors) (Green Bay Packers) Zygi Wilf
Zygi Wilf
(Minnesota Vikings)

Arthur Blank
Arthur Blank
(Atlanta Falcons) Jerry Richardson
Jerry Richardson
(Carolina Panthers) Gayle Benson (New Orleans Saints) Glazer Family (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Bill Bidwill (Arizona Cardinals) Stan Kroenke (Los Angeles Rams) John and Denise York (San Francisco 49ers) Paul Allen
Paul Allen
(Seatt

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