Oprah Winfrey is a media magnate, television broadcaster, and author from the United States. According to Celebritynetworth Oprah Winfrey has a net worth of $3.5 billion. She now makes roughly $315 million per year from her tremendously profitable diversified media company.
- The first millionaire was made in 1989.
- In 1995, her wealth surpassed $500 million.
- In 2000, he became a billionaire.
- Earns $300 million annually.
- Real estate holdings are valued at $200 million.
- To date, has contributed at least $400 million to charity.
- Is the wealthiest self-made American lady.
Early Life, Family, Education
|Net Worth:||$3.5 Billion|
|Salary:||$300 Million Per Year|
|Date of Birth:||Jan 29, 1954 (68 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 6 in (1.69 m)|
|Profession:||Media proprietor, Actor, Presenter, Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Journalist, Philanthropist, Voice Actor|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Oprah Winfrey emerged from poverty, abuse, and discrimination to become one of the world’s most prominent persons. She was born on January 29, 1954, as Orpah Gail Winfrey. This was not a spelling error. Her given name, “Orpah,” was a tribute to the Book of Ruth character. As an infant, the name was frequently mispronounced as “Oprah,” which finally stuck. She was born in Mississippi’s Kosciusko. Her mother, Vernita Lee, was a teenage housemaid who was unmarried.
Vernon Winfrey, Oprah’s real father, was serving in the military at the time of her birth. He ultimately held positions as a barber, coal miner, and municipal politician. According to rumors, her real father may have been a different Noah Robinson.
When Oprah was a baby, she and her mother moved in with her grandmother. Oprah was reportedly forced to wear potato sacks as school clothes since her family lived in terrible poverty. Consequently, she went from rags to riches.
Oprah and her mother relocated to Milwaukee when she was six when her mother found work as a maid. During this time, Oprah’s mother gave birth to Patricia, her second daughter. Patricia died of cocaine consumption at the age of 43 in 2003. In 1989, an additional half-sibling, a brother called Jeffrey who was born to father Vernon, died of AIDS.
At age 12, Oprah was transferred to live in Nashville with her father, Vernon. She ran away from home at age 13 to escape the abuse she endured there. She became pregnant at the age of 14 with a boy who was born prematurely and died.
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She first attended Milwaukee’s Lincoln High Institution, but after succeeding in a special program, she earned a transfer to Nicolet High School, a wealthy suburban school. After getting into some problems, she returned to her previous residence in Nashville. At East Nashville High School, she began to develop her potential.
At age 17, Oprah won the Miss Black Beauty Tennessee contest, which led to a part-time position as a news anchor at WVOL, a local black radio station.
She received a scholarship to study communication at Tennessee State University. At the age of 19, Oprah quit school to pursue a full-time career in the media.
Oprah was the first black female news anchor at Nashville’s WLAC-TV. She was the youngest anchor in the history of the channel. When she was 22 years old, the Baltimore station WJZ recruited her to co-anchor the six o’clock news, a coveted job.
She began co-hosting the chat show People Are Talking in August 1978. By 1980, she had surpassed the nationally syndicated Phil Donahue in Baltimore’s local market. By the end of her Baltimore tenure, she was making $220,000 per year, which, when adjusted for inflation, is equivalent to almost $560,000 today.
In 1984, after seeing her promise, ABC granted Oprah her own 30-minute morning talk program in Chicago, to be produced by King World Productions. Additionally, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune were produced by King World. The position came with a $1 million, four-year contract. Inflation-adjusted, $250,000 a year during the time is equivalent to approximately $600,000 per year now.
Endorsements and Other Projects
Since 2015, Oprah has been a Weight Watchers board member. When she joined the organization, she was granted $43.5 million in stock. This shareholding is currently worth over $400 million. She got a multi-year contract to create shows for the electronics behemoth Apple in 2019.
As an actress, Oprah has acted in a number of notable films, including “The Color Purple” (1985), “Beloved” (1998), “The Butler” (2013), and “Selma” (2014).
She has created a vast number of television programs, documentaries, and miniseries.
Oprah has been nominated for two Academy Awards as of this writing: one for Best Supporting Actress for “The Color Purple” and another as a producer for “Selma.” In 2011, she got the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Oprah has won 18 Daytime Emmy Awards (out of a total of 26 nominations), one Golden Globe, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award.
As of the writing of this article, Oprah has donated more than $400 million to charity, primarily to educational initiatives. She has donated almost 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta.
In 1998, she founded Oprah’s Angel Network, an international foundation that helps charitable organizations. Too far, Oprah’s Angel Network has generated over $80 million for several causes. Oprah personally pays for all administrative expenditures of the Network, so that all cash generated may go straight to the NGOs.
In 2007, Oprah created in South Africa the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. So far, she has contributed $40 million to the school’s funding. As of the time of writing, the school has 322 students enrolled, with hopes to grow to 450.
The Oprah Winfrey Angel Network generated $11 million for Hurricane Katrina assistance, and Oprah herself donated $10 million.
In 2013, she gave the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture $12 million. President Barack Obama awarded Oprah the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the same year.
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