Johnson moved to New York in 1984, shortly after marrying his first wife, and set up a firm to manage his fortune as well as handle investments for other members of the Johnson family. He became increasingly active in philanthropy in the '90s, and moved into the sports business in 2000 when he purchased the Jets for $635 million from the estate of long-time owner Leon Hess.
Johnson has long been a prominent philanthropist. He founded the Alliance for Lupus Research (one of his daughters has lupus) and is a major force behind the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (another daughter has diabetes). He's also on the board of trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, an organization that funds medical research and various health care initiatives.
A longtime ally of George Bush, Johnson was a "Pioneer" during the former president's 2000 campaign and a "Ranger" in 2004. Over the years, he's also made donations to a long list of other Republicans, including George Pataki and Rudy Giuliani.
With his ex-wife, Sale Johnson, Woody has three daughters: Daisy, Jaime and Casey. He also has two sons with his fiancée Suzanne Ircha, a former "actress/investment banker."more » « less