Willis Johnson

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Willis Johnson
Willis J. Johnson

1947 (age 72–73)
Oklahoma, U.S.
Net worthIncrease US$1.9 billion (November 2019)[1]
Political partyRepublican Party
Spouse(s)Joyce Johnson
RelativesJay Adair (son-in-law)

Willis J. Johnson (born 1947) is an American billionaire and businessman.[1] He is the founder and a former chief executive of Copart, founded in 1982.[2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in 1947, Johnson received his early education from a high school in California, United States.[1] Johnson then joined the Army and served a year-long tour in Vietnam which earned him a Purple Heart.[1]

Johnson is conservative in politics, and supports Republican Party.[1] Since 2001, he has contributed at least $1.5 million to different conservative causes.[1]

In 2015, he co-founded now defunct on-demand household chore app, Takl.[4]

In 2019, he contributed $50,000 to the 'Trump Victory', a political action committee.[1]


In 2010, he bought a 18,600 square feet mansion in Nashville for $28 million from an American country singer Alan Jackson.[5]

Johnson also owns a 79-acre vineyard in Suisun Valley, California.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson is married to Joyce, whom he married after returning from the Vietnam War.[4] Johnson is a practising Christian.[4]

His son-in-law, Jay Adair, is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Copart, and owns shares in the company worth more than $800 million.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Vickers, Emma. "This man is a junkyard billionare". Bloomberg.
  2. ^ Dellaverson, Carlo (April 23, 2008). "On the Line: Copart CEO Willis Johnson". CNBC.
  3. ^ "Turning rust into gold". Bloomberg Businessweek.
  4. ^ a b c McGee, Jamie. "Franklin businessman shifts to on-demand tech with Takl". The Tennessean.
  5. ^ a b "Country star's palace sells for $28M". Nashville Post.