Debra Lee is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BET Holdings, Inc., the parent company for Black Entertainment Television and has a net worth of $25.5 million. Debra Lee earned her net worth as an American business women. She graduated from Brown University in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics. She earned a Master's degree in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a law degree at Harvard Law School. She was instrumental in helping BET become the first firm owned and controlled by African-Americans to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. From1980 through 1981, she served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Barrington Parker of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In 1996, she became President and Chief Operating Officer of BET Holdings, Inc., the parent company for Black Entertainment Television. Black Entertainment Television has begun to move in a different format direction for the network. BET Holdings is a diversified media holding company operating Black Entertainment Television, the only cable TV programming network devoted to serving the interests and concerns of African-Americans. She increased the production budget by 50% and looked into incorporating original programming by getting 16 new shows for the new 2007 season. She has sat on the board of directors for a number of companies/organizations, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association the Ad Council, and the National Cable Television Association. She serves on board of directors of Eastman Kodak Company, Marriott, and Revlon. She is also a director of Washington Gas Light Company and WGL Holdings since 2000. She oversaw the publication of the magazines YSB, Heart & Soul, Emerge, and BET Weekend and several imprints of BET Books, which published romances for African American women. Debra Lee was born in 1955, in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She is the mother of two children.