Oprah Net Worth $2.9 Billion
Oprah Gail Winfrey, better known to the world as Oprah, has had an impressive climb to the top. With a net worth of $2.9 billion, she is regarded as the richest African American woman and for a while was the richest black woman on earth. She was born in 1954 to a single mother, Vernita Lee. Growing up, Oprah was faced with grinding poverty and despite a troubled childhood, she was able to get a degree in communication from Tennessee State University.
She won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant when she was 17, which caught the eye of WVOL radio that employed her as a part time news reader. Her career in media advanced when she became the youngest and first African American female news anchor at WLAC-TV. She later co-anchored the news at WJZ-TV before co-hosting People Are Talking with Richard Scher. Her big break came in 1983 when she moved to WLS-TV to host the morning talk show A.M Chicago.
was able to raise the show from being the lowest rated to the highest rated show after it first aired in 1984. This success led her to sign a syndication deal with King World renaming the show to The Oprah Winfrey Show with an expanded time slot and national broadcast from 1986. What initially began as a tabloid show expanded to encompass broader issues. It was through the show that Oprah became famous for her huge giveaways such as giving every audience member a car.
Oprah is also known for her acting. She has appeared in films such as The Color Purple, which got her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also produced and starred in Beloved, which became a commercial flop despite having modest reviews and a strong cast. She has dabbled in writing, having co-authored five books as well as publishing magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine and O at Home. Her personality has become a modern American pop and female empowerment symbol.
Oprah is a classic case of rags-to-riches. She was able to rise from a childhood of poverty to billionaire status. Her business savvy nature has made her the richest self-made woman in America as well as being the world’s most powerful woman. In 2012, her earnings were $165 million and in 2013 Oprah made an estimated $77 million. With her own television network and her media empire, the talk show queen shows no signs of slowing down.