EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 8: Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets before the start of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium on September 8, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Robert Wood Johnson



Robert Wood Johnson IV, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, has built upon his family's proud legacy of achievement as a successful businessman, compassionate philanthropist, civic leader, and diplomat.

Upon purchasing the team in 2000, Johnson established his commitment to a culture of success built on three key elements: passionate players, supportive fans, and a new stadium. Under his leadership, the Jets entered their new home field, MetLife Stadium, an award-winning venue that has ranked globally as one of the highest-grossing for over 10 years. Additionally, the Jets moved into the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, a world-class 224,000 square-foot complex that united the entire organization, and provided the perfect facility for everyone—players, coaches, and staff—to continually improve and excel.

In 2017, Johnson was nominated and confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. As ambassador, he negotiated a bilateral US-UK trade deal throughout the Brexit process and advocated for closer agricultural trade between the US and the UK. Ambassador Johnson also promoted robust cyber security policies to safeguard the exchange of US intelligence with international partners.

Following his diplomatic service, Ambassador Johnson returns to his first passion—football—and resumes his role as chairman of the Jets. (During his service abroad, Johnson's brother, Christopher, filled the role of chairman.)  With Christopher Johnson now vice chairman, they will continue to build on recent leadership additions including General Manager Joe Douglas and Head Coach Robert Saleh.  With President Hymie Elhai, these three comprise the organization's unified approach to build the Jets into a sustained, winning franchise.

Beyond the field, Ambassador Johnson's philosophy of a successful team celebrates the crucial role of fans, as well as the significant role the team plays in the community. In this spirit, the team, through the New York Jets Foundation positively influences the lives of young people in the tri-state area by expanding youth football, preventing bullying, and promoting social justice, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Among the Foundation's programs is the launch of the first Girls High School Flag Football League in New Jersey.

Chief among Ambassador Johnson's – and the team's – healthcare initiatives is the support for lupus research. In 1999, he founded the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), which later merged with two other organizations to form the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA)—an organization devoted exclusively to finding new methods to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure lupus.  The LRA has funded more than forty projects investigating the common complication, lupus nephritis, and set the stage for the recent FDA approval of two new treatments.

Over many years, Ambassador Johnson has been active in philanthropy and civic affairs, including past roles as an Honorary Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and a past board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center and the Peregrine Fund. The Ambassador also served as a Trustee and a Trustee Emeritus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropic organization devoted exclusively to promoting health and healthcare for Americans.