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) 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] a Johnson & Johnson heir, and Gretchen Wittenborn Johnson, sister of screenwriter and novelist Dirk Wittenborn. Johnson is a member of a large family with five other siblings. Johnson graduated from Pingry School, a preparatory school located in Martinsville, New Jersey.[2] He attended New York University, where he majored in American History.


Filmmaking and cameo roles[edit]

In 2003, Johnson made Born Rich, a documentary film about the experience of growing up as a child in one of the world's richest families.[3] It was purchased by HBO and nominated for two Emmy Awards including "Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming" for the director. The other nomination was in the category "Outstanding Nonfiction Special" for the producers: Sheila Nevins (executive producer), Wittenborn (produced by), and Johnson (producer).

In 2006, Johnson's second film, The One Percent, premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival. The 80-minute feature discusses the challenges America faces as a society in which one percent of the people control nearly half the total wealth. 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. When Johnson interviewed Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, Friedman accused Johnson of advocating socialism and abruptly ended the interview.[4]

In 2009, Johnson appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss Born Rich and The One Percent. He was showcased along with Nicole Buffett.[5]

In 2011, he had a cameo role as himself on Gossip Girl (TV series).[6]

In 2012, he had a cameo role as Julie's suitor in Arbitrage (film).[7]


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.[8][9]


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[6] Season 5, Episode 3 - "The Jewel of Denial"
2012 Arbitrage (film) Cameo as Julie's suitor[7]


  1. ^ Serwer, Andy (November 24, 2003). "Too Young, Too Rich? The problem of inherited wealth, seen through the camera of an heir.". CNN Money. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ Chaplin, Julia (October 12, 2003). "Biting the Silver Spoon That Feeds Him, on Film". New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Jamie (June 15, 2005). "Jamie Johnson: Fable of Fortune". The Moth. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Frank, Robert (February 23, 2008). "The Rich Man's Michael Moore: Why an Heir Continues to Document -- and Anger -- the Wealthy". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Shifting Social Classes: How the Recession Affects Rich People". The Oprah Winfrey Show. May 22, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Pressler, Jessica (October 11, 2011). "Gossip Girl Recap: Everyone Goes Off the Rails at Some Point Around Here". Vulture. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Jamie Johnson - Rotten Tomoatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Jamie. "The One Percent". Vanity Fair. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Johnson, Jamie. "jamie Johnson". Vanity Fair. Retrieved Feb 20, 2016. 

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