Billionaire Bob Johnson to Build Spa in Liberia

BET founder and former Bobcats owner sets his sights on war-torn Liberia.

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Billionaire businessman Robert L. Johnson is building a luxury spa resort in war-torn Liberia. The property will be a 78-room, beach-side resort. Johnson, the founder and chairman of RLJ Companies, said he avoided the capital, Monrovia, because of its social problems, high number of people without proper housing and lack of reliable electricity. Instead, with the government's help, he chose a beach-side site from which he had to clear some residents. In his CNN Interview, Johnson said, "We had to take this location, which was raw dirt. We relocated some buildings and, frankly, some people that were there, but we relocated them to a nice place. In turn we gave many of those people jobs."

Those people? Looks like it will be business as usual in Liberia.

Read more at CNN.

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