America’s first black self-made millionaire has married his girlfriend of five years in front of 100 close friends in California.
Bob Johnson, 70, the founder of BET, wed Lauren Wooden, a 37-year-old international business-management doctorate student in Napa Valley last week.
The wedding, the second for both, took place in front of a host of famous faces, including music executive L.A. Reid, actor Leon Robinson and former Clinton chief of staff Mack McLarty, at the Auberge du Soleil.
Bob Johnson (right), 70, the founder of BET, wed Lauren Wooden (left), a 37-year-old international business-management doctorate student last week.
The couple wed at Auberge du Soleil in California’s Napa Valley in front of a 100-person guest list of famous friends
Johnson proposed to Wooden in Paris last December with a little help from best man, Franco Nuschese, who owns Georgetown’s Cafe Milano.
The jaw-dropping proposal included an ice sculpture of the Eiffel Tower, a shower of rose petals, a bottle of Dom Perignon, following a private after-hours tour and dinner at the Musee Rodin.
The kicker – a seven-and-a-half carat engagement ring.
But it wasn’t the first time Johnson proposed to Wooden. Johnson became America’s first black billionaire after he sold BET to Viacom for $3 billion in stock and assumed debt in 2000
He allegedly asked her to marry him on their first date. Five years later she agreed.
‘I’ve found the absolute, unequivocally right person for me. Happiness only begins to describe how I feel,’ Johnson told the Washington Post.
Johnson became America’s first black billionaire after he sold BET to Viacom for $3 billion in stock and assumed debt in 2000, according to Forbes.
As the company has since taken a plunge in value, Johnson’s net worth has dropped to $550 million, Forbes reported.