Simply walking into the Johnson Publishing Company offices inspires me. Experiencing the evolution of the company my parents built, and having the opportunity to work with talented and dedicated people does even more: it “wows” me. As I travel the globe, I'm enthralled when people express their love for our brands: EBONY, JET and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Through my love of life and appreciation of art, I continue to honor my parents' legacy, share beauty with the world and inspire others.
Linda Johnson Rice was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, John H. Johnson, was founder of Johnson Publishing Company, and her mother, Eunice Johnson, was producer and director of the Ebony Fashion Fair. Rice began her career with the family business, traveling with her mother to fashion shows in Paris starting at age six. In 1981, Rice made her first solo business trip to Europe to purchase clothing for the Fashion Fair. Her knack for predicting trends led to her becoming the vice president and fashion coordinator for Ebony Magazine. Rice is an MBA graduate of Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and today serves as Chairman at Johnson Publishing. Rice has received numerous honors, including the Women of Power Award from the National Urban League. She has also been named one of Chicago’s 100 Most Powerful Women and one of the Top 10 Women in Media by the Chicago Sun-Times.