Brett Johnson (businessman)

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Brett Matthew Johnson
Alma materHarvard Business School
OccupationInvestor, venture capitalist
Spouse(s)Adrienne Blaine Stoltz

Brett M. Johnson (born Brett Matthew Johnson) is an American investor and venture capitalist, known as the founder and CEO of a private equity firm, Benevolent Capital Partners and a real estate anchored sports investment fund, Fortuitous Partners.[1][2]

He is also the chairman of Rhode Island FC, director and shareholder at Ipswich Town FC[3][4][5] and Phoenix Rising FC.[6][7][8]

Early life and education

Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and MBA from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.[9][10] In 2014, he graduated from the Harvard Business School’s President’s Leadership Program through YPO.[11][12] In 2021, Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus award from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.[13]


Brett began his career with Targus as sales director for the western region of the United States and was promoted to managing director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 1997 and president in 2001.[10][2]

From 2010-2012, he was the CEO and president of Forward Industries.[14] From 2013-2015, Johnson was a member of the board of directors and the chairman of the compensation committee at Blyth Inc.[15] In November 2018, Johnson founded a real estate anchored sports investment fund, Fortuitous Partners.[16][17][18][19] Johnson is also the founder and CEO of a private equity firm, Benevolent Capital Partners.[20]

Brett Johnson was the initial investor in Phoenix Rising FC who assembled its foundation of local shareholders and board members.[21] On February 18, 2021, Phoenix Rising FC transferred the ownership of FC Tucson to Benevolent Sports Tucson LLC which was led by Brett Johnson.[22] In 2021, he assembled and led the investment syndicate that acquired Ipswich Town FC.[23] Johnson founded Rhode Island FC with former MLS player Michael Parkhurst, and announced the development of $124 million soccer stadium and mixed use real estate development in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.[24]

Personal life

Brett Johnson has been married to Adrienne Blaine Stoltz.[14]


  1. Claydon, Russell (2021-02-26). "Ipswich Town takeover reported to be close". Suffolk News. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Amaral, Brian (May 26, 2023). "Tidewater Landing's Brett Johnson on what went wrong, and how he's trying to make it right". Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  3. "'We are committed to restoring ITFC to its former glory' - Johnson on Ipswich Town takeover". East Anglian Daily Times. 2021-04-07. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  4. "Ipswich taken over by American investors". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  5. Rueter, Jeff. "Q&A: Ipswich Town, Phoenix Rising owner Brett Johnson". The Athletic. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  6. "Exclusive: Phoenix Rising co-owner Johnson talks MLS, USL & Didier Drogba - Tribal Football". 2023-07-16. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  7. LoRé, Michael. "USL Expansion Centered On Stadium-Anchored Entertainment Districts". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  8. Stejskal, Sam; Rueter, Jeff (Mar 16, 2021). "Michael Parkhurst joins USL Pawtucket ownership". The Athletic. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  9. "Soccer stadium part of $400M redevelopment plan for Pawtucket". 2019-12-02. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Anderson, Patrick (December 13, 2019). "Man with a plan". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  11. "BRETT JOHNSON - Next Management Partners". 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  12. Sullivan, Oliver (2021-02-26). "Who is the rumoured Ipswich Town bidder Brett Johnson?". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  13. "Pepperdine Graziadio Alumnus Joins Glytch Inc. Board of Directors". Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Retrieved 2023-07-20.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Adrienne Stoltz and Brett Johnson". The New York Times. 2010-10-04. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  15. "Brett Johnson: Blyth Inc". Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  16. Tostado, Alex (2019-12-03). "Fortuitous Partners Plans $400M Sports-Anchored Project in Rhode Island". REBusinessOnline. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  17. Shorey, Ethan (2021-02-09). "Financing in place for riverfront project". The Valley Breeze. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  18. "Pawtucket, RI Launches $400M Economic Development Project". Business Facilities Magazine. 2019-12-02. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  19. "Financing Plan Approved for Rhode Island Stadium Project, New Renderings Unveiled". USL Championship. 2021-02-05. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  20. Lee, Matt (2021-03-07). "Brett Johnson: The Man Behind Possible Ipswich Town Takeover". Last Word on Football. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  21. Anderson, Jake (2021-02-18). "Phoenix Rising announces ownership transfer of FC Tucson". Arizona Sports. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  22. "FC Tucson Announces Transfer of Ownership from Phoenix Rising FC". FC Tucson. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  23. "Ipswich Town owner Brett Johnson talks revitalization plans, and why he's glad the ESL failed dramatically". 2021-04-23. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  24. "Pawtucket stadium developer's Arizona team may leave newly built facility there". 2022-08-15. Retrieved 2023-07-18.

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