In an age when people are willing to do just about anything, no matter how embarrassing, for money (reality tv anyone?) becoming a billionaire represents the ultimate American Dream. Yet despite becoming one of the first, and only black Americans to date to join the billionaires club (Oprah Winfrey is the other, along with Johnson’s former husband), Sheila Johnson does not consider this her proudest achievement. “I think my proudest accomplishment is really being able to turn my life around after divorce. To be able to rediscover myself, to be able to reinvent myself, to rediscover my passion,” she said during our recent chat. “I’m discovering things about myself I never knew I could do. One of the things is being able to tell stories through movies.”
Affiliation: Producer of the documentary The Other City
Education: University of Illinois, B.A. in music (Johnson is an accomplished violinist)
Currently Resides (city or region): Virginia TheLoop21.com: What one word best describes you?
Sheila: Passionately determined TheLoop21.com: What’s your guilty pleasure?
Sheila: Movies. Both making them and seeing them. TheLoop21.com: Are you a dreamer or dedicated realist? Why?
Sheila: Both. Because I think you can have great dreams but you also have to be realistic about dreams in order to make them work. Read more at TheLoop21.com