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Billionaire Woody Johnson is Donald Trump's United Kingdom ambassador

Billionaire Woody Johnson is Donald Trump's United Kingdom ambassador

Speaking at his Senate confirmation hearing, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson pledged to work to strengthen the "special relationship" between the two countries.

Mr Johnson, 70, was confirmed by the Senate seven months after Matthew Barzun left his post at the Court of St James's and returned home.

Johnson also donated $1million to Trump's inaugural committee.

He was born in New Jersey in 1947 and his great grandfather is Johnson & Johnson co-founder Robert Wood Johnson I.

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Now it has been approved Mr Johnson is expected to hand over his positions as chairman and chief executive of the Jets to his brother, Christopher.

Johnson, a major contributor and fundraiser to the Republican party, switched his allegiance during the 2016 primaries from Jeb Bush to Donald Trump as Trump secured the GOP nomination, NJ.com notes.

According to financial news site Bloomberg, Mr Johnson has a net worth of 4.2 billion dollars (£3.2 billion) and bought the Jets for 635 million dollars (£483 million) in 2000.

'The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody, ' Christopher Johnson said in a statement after the nomination had been announced.