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Robert Johnson Robert Johnson is an American success story. Raised in a poor family in a rural Illinois town, he now runs the parent company of cable giant Black Entertainment Television. Johnson’s estimated worth: more than $200 million. He says he spread his money around to candidates who helped pass the 1996 bill that will deregulate cable rates. Because of it, Johnson and other cable network executives are now freer to manipulate their prices.

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