Paula Williams Madison

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Paula Williams Madison
Born Harlem, New York
Nationality American
Alma mater Vassar College
Occupation journalist, businessperson, executive
Notable work Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem

Paula Williams Madison is an American journalist, writer, businessperson, and executive.[1] She is a former NBCUniversal executive is now CEO of a family investment group based in Chicago; in May 20, 2011 she retired from NBC after more than 35 years in the news media.[2]

Madison grew up in Harlem with her brothers Elrick and Howard, their mother, Nell Vera Lowe, was a Jamaican immigrant and single parent. Madison and her brothers founded Williams Holdings, a real estate investment firm, and later bought a majority share of The Africa Channel, the company also bought the Los Angeles Sparks , which they sold in 2014 to Magic Johnson.[3]

Madison was named one of the “75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2005 and in 2014 as one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business, she is of African and Hakka descent.[4] In 2015 she wrote the book Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem about her grandfather's life and travels and her own visit to Guangdong.[5][6] She began research for the book shortly after retiring from NBC.