Born in Mississippi in 1946, this farmer’s son would go on to become the first black billionaire in the United States. Johnson became enamoured with the television industry after graduating from Princeton and launched Black Entertainment Television in 1980. This was the first television network aimed squarely at an African-American audience and eventually grew to included numerous cable and digital channels. BET was the first black-controlled company on the New York Stock Exchange and was sold in 2000 for a reported $3 billion. This pioneer, visionary, and philanthropist was the first African-American to own a major-league sports franchise and continues to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs.