Robert Wood Johnson IV
Woody Johnson Jets

Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson

Birthplace: April 12 1947 (1947-04-12) (age 70) in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Currently resides in: New York, New York
Occupation: New York Jets team owner, business executive, philanthropist
Religion: Christian
Spouse(s): Nancy Sale Johnson (Rashad, 1977-2001)
Suzanne Ircha Johnson, 2009-present

Children: Casey Johnson (1979-2010)
Jamie Johnson (filmmaker) (b. 1982)
Daisy Johnson (b. 1987)
Robert Wood Johnson V (b. 2006)
Jack Wood Johnson (b. 2008)

Education: BA, Business, Univ. of Arizona, 1969

Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson IV (born April 12, 1947) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the current owner of the New York Jets of the National Football League.[1][2]

Early lifeEdit

The great-grandson of Robert Wood Johnson I, the co-founder of Johnson & Johnson Products, Johnson was born in New Brunswick, NJ.. His father, Robert Wood Johnson III, was president of Johnson & Johnson for four years, and his mother was Betty Wold Johnson. Johnson grew up with four siblings: Keith Johnson, Billy Johnson, Elizabeth "Libet" Johnson, and Christopher Wold Johnson. He graduated from the Millbrook School in New Brunswick and the University of Arizona[3]


Johnson purchased the Jets from the estate of Leon Hess for $635 million in 1999.

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 Mr. 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 lupus, diabetes, and other autoimmune diseases.[4]


  1. [1]
  2. Richard Sandomir. "Philanthropist and Fan", New York Times, January 12, 2000. Retrieved on 2008-01-23. “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.” 
  3. Wilson, Duff. "Behind the Jets, a Private Man Pushes His Dream", New York Times, November 11, 2004. Retrieved on 2010-02-10. “He grew up in affluent areas in 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.” 

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