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Short Info

Net Worth$5.5 million, $5.5 million
Date Of BirthAugust 8, 1955
DiedApril 5, 2005, Amelia Island, Florida, United States
SpouseRandall Coleman, Randall Coleman
FactChairman and chief executive officer of Black Entertainment Television (BET).

Debra L. Lee is an American businesswoman and the current Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, a position she has held since 2006. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.

Lee was born in 1957 in Augusta, Georgia, and grew up in a military family. Her father was a career Air Force officer and her mother was a homemaker. She has two older sisters. Lee graduated from high school in 1975 and then attended Harvard College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in economics in 1979.

After graduation, Lee began her career as a lawyer, working for the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson. She later worked as an assistant district attorney in New York City. In 1986, she joined BET as Vice President and General Counsel. She was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 1996, and then to Chairman and CEO in 2006.

Under Lee’s leadership, BET has become one of the most successful cable networks in the United States. It is available in over 90 million homes and reaches over 80% of African American households. BET also operates BET Her, a 24-hour cable network targeting African American women, and BET Gospel, a 24-hour cable network featuring gospel music and programming.

Lee has been recognized for her business accomplishments with numerous awards and honors. In 2010, she was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In 2015, she received the NAACP President’s Award. And in 2017, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

Lee is married to Stanley E. Grayson, a former New York City Councilman and current managing director at investment bank Lazard Frères & Co. They have two children.

Lee has an estimated net worth of $200 million.

General Info

Full NameDebra L. Lee
Net Worth$5.5 million, $5.5 million
Date Of BirthAugust 8, 1955
DiedApril 5, 2005, Amelia Island, Florida, United States
ProfessionBusinessperson, Businessperson
EducationHarvard University, Harvard Law School, Brown University, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, Brown University
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseRandall Coleman, Randall Coleman
ChildrenAva Coleman, Quinn Coleman, Ava Coleman, Quinn Coleman


MoviesPolice Academy 3: Back in Training, Police Academy, American Graffiti, Just Tell Me You Love Me

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1Chairman and chief executive officer of Black Entertainment Television (BET).




The New Edition Story2017TV Series co-executive producer post-production
A Message of Peace: Making of the U. N. Day Concert 20122013TV Movie executive producer
Behind the Scenes Stevie Wonder with Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace2013TV Movie documentary executive producer
Stevie Wonder with Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace2013TV Movie executive producer
Black Girls Rock! 20112011TV Movie executive producer
2010 BET Hip Hop Awards2010TV Special executive producer
BET Awards 20102010TV Special executive producer
The BET Honors2009TV Movie executive producer
BET Hip-Hop Awards 20092009TV Special executive producer
BET Awards 20092009TV Special executive producer
BET Hip Hop Awards 20082008TV Special executive producer
Hidden Blessings2000TV Movie co-executive producer


Grave Situations2007Jessica Van Alden
Lowball1996Woman at bar


Androgyny Limitless Variety2011Documentary short collaborating director


Inside: El DeBarge2011TV Movie special thanks
2010 Soul Train Awards2010TV Special special thanks


2015 Soul Train Awards2015TV MovieHerself
BET Awards 20152015TV MovieHerself
Black Girls Rock!2015TV MovieHerself
BET Honors2015TV MovieHerself
2014 Soul Train Awards2014TV MovieHerself
Beyond the Lights2014Herself
BET Awards 20142014TV SpecialHerself
The BET Honors2014TV MovieHerself
Stevie Wonder with Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace2013TV MovieHerself
BET Awards 20122012TV SpecialHerself
Black Girls Rock! 20112011TV MovieHerself
BET Awards 20112011TV SpecialHerself
Black Girls Rock2010TV MovieHerself
The Black List: Volume Three2010DocumentaryHerself
The BET Honors2010TV SpecialHerself
The BET Honors2009TV MovieHerself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Patti LaBelle2009TV MovieHerself
MPR: Profiles of Urban Entrepreneurs2009TV SeriesHerself
BET Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special2005TV SpecialHerself
Made You Look: Top 25 Moments of BET History2005TV Special documentaryHerself
The 8th Annual Walk of Fame Honoring Stevie Wonder2002TV SpecialHerself
1st Annual BET Awards2001TV SpecialHerself


Won Awards

2005Muse AwardNew York Women in Film & Television

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