Debra Lee, the American businesswoman recently opened up about her relationship with BET founder, Robert (Bob) Johnson during her talk with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.


Debra Lee was born on August 8, 1954, in Fort Jackson, South Carolina to Richard M. and Delma L. Lee. Her mother worked at a hospital as a clerk and her father was a tank commander in Army. She grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. She studied at James B. Dudley High School.

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The 68-year-old American businesswoman graduated with a degree in political science with a speciality in Asian politics from Brown University in 1976. She also got a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government affiliated with Harvard University. She also earned a Juris Doctor (JD) degree at Harvard Law School in 1980, where she was also a member of the Board of Student Advisers.

Net Worth

Debra Lee, 68, has an estimated net worth of $30 million dollars, according to 

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Relationship & Family

Lee was married to Randall Coleman during 1985-87. They had two children together. Their son, Quinn Coleman was a passionate DJ and an A&R executive who died aged 31 in August 2020. The second child was a daughter, Ava Coleman. 

Debra Lee recently revealed her personal relationship while talking to Robin Roberts, ABC’s Good Morning America anchor. It happened during a press tour for her forthcoming memoir, I Am Debra Lee. She opened up about her affair with BET founder, Robert L Johnson (Bob Johnson). 

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Lee replaced Robert L. Johnson as president and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of BET Holdings, Inc. in March 1996. Johnson was the founder of the incorporation. She became president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2005 and held the position till March 28, 2018. 

The 68-year-old also serves n the board of directors of Marriott and Revlon. She also sits as a director in Washington Gas Light Company, WGL Holdings, since 2000 and the Monsanto subsidiary Genuity.

Lee was also taken into Twitter’s board of directors in May 2016 to boost diversity across the social media company’s board after CEO Jack Dorsey returned.