The Richest African American

Published on March 27 2014

This title belongs to the one and only Oprah Gail Winfrey who is currently valued at $2.9 billion and is the sole African American billionaire in the world. What a stunning performance from the 60 year old who continues to inspire millions of people around the world.

Hers is an amazing story of using one’s talent to literally rise from the dust and soar with the eagles. Born to a teenage mother in Mississippi, Oprah spent her early life living in abject poverty with her grandmother. What’s more she experienced numerous struggles while living with her mother and other relatives.

However, through all her hardships Oprah had something that most people only wish they had: an amazing voice and the ability to grasp the attention of her audience. As such, she landed her first media job as a teenager and has never looked back; today she is one of the most powerful women in the world.

Moreover, she has dominated daytime television with the Oprah Winfrey Show in addition to owning Harpo Productions Inc. that has produced Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray. She has also touched the lives of South African girls for whom she founded the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

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