Jamie Johnson (filmmaker)

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Jamie Johnson
Born James Wittenborn Johnson
1979 (age 36–37)
Education Pingry School
New York University
Occupation Filmmaker, socialite
Parent(s) James Loring "Jimmy" Johnson
Gretchen Wittenborn Johnson

James Wittenborn "Jamie" Johnson (born 1979)[1] is an American heir-apparent, filmmaker, and socialite. He is a great-grandson of Robert Wood Johnson I (co-founder of Johnson & Johnson).

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born in 1979 to James Loring Johnson,[1][2] a Johnson & Johnson heir, and Gretchen Wittenborn Johnson, sister of screenwriter and novelist Dirk Wittenborn.[3] Johnson grew up with his four older sisters and a brother on a New Jersey estate.[3][4] Johnson graduated from Pingry School, a preparatory school in Martinsville, New Jersey.[3] He attended New York University, where he obtained a degree in Medieval history[3][5] and also studied filmmaking.[6]


Filmmaking, interviews, and cameo roles[edit]

In 2003, his documentary film Born Rich premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[3] It discussed his experience and the experiences of 10 other young heirs of growing up with inherited wealth.[7][8] There were sold-out screenings of the film in New York City for weeks.[9] It was broadcast on television by HBO[10] and nominated for two Emmy Awards including "Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming" for Johnson as the director and "Outstanding Nonfiction Special" for Johnson as one of the producers.[11]

In 2006, Johnson's second film, The One Percent, premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival. The 80-minute documentary discusses the challenges America faces as a society in which one percent of the people control nearly half the total wealth.[12][13] The film featured Robert Reich, Bill Gates Sr., Milton Friedman, and many others coming from various socioeconomic strata, including residents of Chicago's Cabrini–Green housing project and Hurricane Katrina victims.[12][14] The film premiered on television on HBO's Cinemax in 2008.[14]

In 2006, Johnson appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss Born Rich and The One Percent. He was interviewed along with Nicole Buffett who appeared in the latter film.[15] Warren Buffet's disowning of Nicole shortly after the interview garnered media attention and was included in the HBO version of documentary.[16][17] In 2009, he was on the show again to discuss how the recession affects rich families.[18]

In 2011, he had a cameo role as himself on Gossip Girl (TV series).[19] In 2012, he had a cameo role as Julie's suitor in Arbitrage (film).[20]


From 2008 to 2011, Johnson wrote an online weekly column for Vanity Fair titled "The One Percent" on various perspectives, practices, and issues of the wealthy.[21][22] He wrote an article titled "The One Percent" for The Huffington Post in 2008.[23] In 2014, he wrote for The New York Times about a White House summit for 100 young philanthropists and heirs to billionaire family fortunes where he was an invitee.[24]


In 2010, Johnson launched a fashion collection called Black Sweater.[25] The clothing line was launched at Bergdorf Goodman in 2011.[26][27]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Born Rich Director, co-producer
2006 The One Percent Director, co-producer
2011 Gossip Girl (TV series) Cameo as himself[19] Season 5, Episode 3 - "The Jewel of Denial"
2012 Arbitrage (film) Cameo as Julie's suitor[20]


  1. ^ a b "Jamie Johnson". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  2. ^ Serwer, Andy (2003-11-24). "Too Young, Too Rich? The problem of inherited wealth, seen through the camera of an heir.". Fortune. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Chaplin, Julia (2003-10-12). "Biting the Silver Spoon That Feeds Him, on Film". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  4. ^ Iredale, Jessica (2011-02-17). "Boy's Night Out: Jamie Johnson". WWD. New York, NY: Fairchild Publishing LLC. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  5. ^ Thompson, Kevin D. (2003-10-31). "'Born Rich': Lifestyles of the rich and aimless" (PDF). The Laredo Morning Times. Laredo, Texas. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  6. ^ "Speakers Biographies for the 2011 Summit" (PDF). Nexus Global Youth Summit. Washington, D.C. p. 16. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  7. ^ "'Born Rich'". Los Angeles Times. 2003-10-27. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Jamie (2005-06-15). "Jamie Johnson: Fable of Fortune". The Moth. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  9. ^ Cash, William (2003-11-07). "The Rich Kids Are Different; When 23-Year-Old Billionheir Jamie Johnson Made a Film about His Superrich Set, New York Society Was Divided. Ostracised by the Bluebloods, Celebrated by the Media, Manhattan's Most Scandalous Scion Gives His First British Interview to William Cash". The Evening Standard. London, U.K. Retrieved 2016-09-20 – via Questia. 
  10. ^ NYO staff (2003-10-06). "Born Rich Rag". The Observer. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  11. ^ "Born Rich". www.emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  12. ^ a b Rappaport, Julia (2008-08-21). "Living in the Top One Per Cent is Subject of Independent Film". The Vineyard Gazette. Edgartown, MA. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  13. ^ "HBO: The One Percent: Synopsis". HBO. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  14. ^ a b Rose, Lacey (2008-02-20). "Q&A: Jamie Johnson On "The One Percent" (Part 1)". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  15. ^ "Class in America". The Oprah Winfrey Show. 2006-04-21. Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  16. ^ Goodman, Leah McGrath (2008-12-11). "The Billionaire's Black Sheep". Marie Claire. New York, N.Y.: Hearst Communications. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  17. ^ "Warren Buffett Has No Granddaughter (Now That She Dished About Him In A Movie)". The Huffington Post. 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  18. ^ "Shifting Social Classes". The Oprah Winfrey Show. 2009-05-22. pp. 11–13. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  19. ^ a b "The Jewel of Denial". Gossip Girl. Season 5. Episode 3. 2011-10-10. The CW. 
  20. ^ a b "Jamie Johnson - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  21. ^ "The One Percent". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  22. ^ "Jamie Johnson". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  23. ^ Johnson, Jamie (2008-02-19). "The One Percent". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  24. ^ Johnson, Jamie (2014-04-20). "Including the Young and the Rich: White House Hosts 'Next Generation' Young and Rich". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  25. ^ Holt, Emily (2010-02-19). "Heir Line: Jamie Johnson's Fashion Collection". WWD. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  26. ^ Heyman, Marshall (2011-03-25). "Yarn of the Black Sweater". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  27. ^ Prince, Daisy (2011-03-29). "Charles Rockefeller and Hayley Bloomingdale Brave the Hail for Jamie Johnson's Sweater Song". The Observer. London, U.K.: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 

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