Rupert Johnson was born in 1941. His brother, Charles, served as the Chairman at Franklin Resources.
In 1965, he joined his Father at Franklin Resources, where he serves as Vice Chairman.
Rupert sits on the Board of Trustees at Santa Clara University and was on the Board of Trustees at Washington and Lee University (1993-2002). He gave $100 million to Washington and Lee in June 2007, establishing a merit-based financial aid and curriculum enrichment program. Rupert has made donations to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Delaware Art Museum. He sits on the President's Council of the United Religions Initiative.