Oprah Winfrey Net Worth

Oprah Gail Winfrey Net Worth

Real Name: Oprah Gail Winfrey
Date of Birth: 01/29/1954
Place of Birth: Kosciusko, Mississippi

2017 Net Worth: $3 Billion
2016 Earnings: $300 Million

Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Actor, Presenter

Oprah Winfrey Biography


Oprah Winfrey was born poor in Mississippee to a teenage mother, Vernita Lee, who worked as a housemaid. Her father is Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner turned city councilman who was in the Armed Forces when she was born.

Winfrey spent her childhood between her maternal grandmother in Mississippi, her mother in Wisconsin, and her father in Tennessee. She was poor and faced adversity and discrimination from classmates and peers.

In high school she was sent permanently to live with her father, who was very strict and prioritized her schooling. After a lifetime of struggle at school she excelled and won a scholarship to Tennessee State University, where she studies communications.

At age 17 she won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant, which attracted the attention of a local radio station, which hired her to do the news part time. After college Winfrey continued to work in local media, an was the youngest news anchor as well as the first black female news anchor at Nashville’s WLAC-TV.

In 1983 Winfrey moved to Chicago to take over the failing morning talk show, AM Chicago. Within a year the show went from last to taking over the #1 rated show at the time, Donahue. Winfrey was then given her own show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which broadcast for the first time on September 8, 1986.

During the 1990’s she reinvented her show with a focus on literature, spirituality, and self-improvement. Winfrey also launched her own production company.

The Oprah Winfrey Show ran until May 25, 2011 and was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.

Today Winfrey’s net worth is made up of revenue from her television network OWN, ¬†continued syndication of her talk show, her Magazine, O ‘Magazine, and the success of the stars she helped create, including Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray, and Dr Oz.

Oprah Winfrey’s net worth is $3 billion. She is North America’s only black billionaire. She is also the greatest black philanthropist in American history. Her annual salary is $300 million.

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