BET Co-Founder Bob Johnson Is Engaged; Initially Proposed to His Fiancee on Their 1st Date 5 Years Ago

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
Lauren Wooden and Bob Johnson in Pacific Palisades, Calif., May 18, 2015
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We know that Valentine's Day isn't for a few weeks, but when a man proclaims that he's "found the absolute, unequivocally right person for me," that ought to get some attention.

Especially if that man is BET co-founder Bob Johnson, the first African-American billionaire. Johnson has become engaged to Lauren Wooden, a 36-year-old doctoral student. The engagement took place in Paris, and it was actually the second time that Johnson popped the question, he revealed during an interview with the Washington Post.


Johnson proposed to Wooden during their first date five years ago.

"For me, absolutely," Johnson said, when asked if it was love at first sight. Both Wooden and Johnson are divorced.

"Happiness only begins to describe how I feel," Johnson said.

Wooden echoed the sentiment: "I’m over-the-moon, madly, deeply, proudly in love with Bob."


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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.


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