Owner of NY Jets nominated for United Kingdom ambassador post

Cheryl Sanders
June 23, 2017

President Trump formally nominated Robert "Woody" Johnson, a billionaire sports team owner, as U.S. ambassador to Britain last night. In January, Trump referred to Johnson as "ambassador" during remarks at a luncheon and said he was "going to St James". Leon Hess was the sole owner of the franchise before the Johnsons took over.

Johnson has been preparing to transfer day-to-day operation of the Jets to his brother, Christopher, who accompanied him to the National Football League owners' meetings in Arizona in March.

"The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody".

Johnson has previously served on the President's Export Council and the President's Commission on White House Fellows.

"On behalf of the entire organization, we would be extremely proud to see Woody nominated and confirmed as U.S. Ambassador", team president Neil Glat said.

President Barack Obama's ambassadors to Britain, Lois Susman and later Matthew Barzun, were also wealthy donors and fundraisers for his respective presidential campaigns. He spends a significant amount of time raising funds for several charities that counter diseases like lupus and juvenile diabetes.

Mr Johnson is an heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceuticals fortune and chairman of the Johnson Company Inc, a private investment firm.

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