Oprah Winfrey is a name that any fan of TV is familiar with. Oprah has made a fortune from her many years in TV. She is a media mogul, an actress, philanthropist, television host and producer. She has been named severally among the richest people in the world. According to the Forbes billionaires in 2015, Oprah ranks at number 803 and though that might seem too far from the top, it is also believed that she is the richest black woman in America. She might as well be the richest black woman in the world. Oprah Winfrey’s net worth is estimated at $3 billion.
To begin with, Oprah is a self-made billionaire. Thanks to her relentless effort and tenacity, she has managed to stay atop the world’s rich list. Oprah’s aim of promoting other talented personalities have contributed greatly to her prosperity.
Oprah Net Worth: The Foundation
Only a few rich people in the world today can boast to have been successful with their academics and Oprah is among them. Oprah is no doubt an academic hero, per reports, she was among the top students during her high school years. Her excellence helped her to advance at a high pace as she already began her media career while in high school. Oprah worked as a news presenter at a local radio station in Tennessee, her eloquence promoted her to the day-time talk show stage, she went on to help improve the ratings of a low-rated show in Chicago before launching her own talk show.
Oprah Net Worth: The Talk-show mogul
The Oprah Winfrey show began in 1984. Immediately, the show became very popular winning the hearts of many Chicago viewers to become the highest-rated show in Chicago surpassing The Phill Donahue Show. Two years later in 1986, the show was syndicated nationally and again overtook The Phill Donahue Show to become the highest-rated show in America, bringing in more than double the number of its viewers.
The high ratings were mostly due to Oprah’s choice of discussion topics, which included spirituality, humanitarian issues, and health. She also included interview of high profile individuals and celebrities and even ordinary people. The show which ran till May 25, 2011 is to date the highest-rated show in the history of America TV. Oprah is still active in the TV business; her currently running reality include Oprah’s Master Class, Oprah’s Lifeclass, Super Soul Sunday, Oprah Prime, and Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah Net Worth: Harpo and OWN
In 1986, Oprah established a production company, Harpo, which is the reverse of her name, Oprah. Harpo helped to establish and promote some of the well-known TV personalities like Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Rachael Ray. The production company has produced films like Beloved (1998) and Selma (2014). The company also helped to launch Broadway shows and her satellite radio channel.
At the start of 2011, Oprah launched her new network, the Oprah Winfrey Network. The channel did not pick up very well in its early years. Nonetheless, its rating and earnings picked after she partnered with renowned director/producer, Tyler Perry. The network produced popular TV series “The Haves and Haves Not”, whose viewers amount to millions worldwide. OWN has dealership with Comcast and boasts over 83 million subscribers.
In addition to the reality shows and her production company, Oprah also launched a career as an actress. She made her debut acting role in Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple” as Sofia. Her other popular movies include The Butler (2013), and Selma (2014).
The Empathetic Oprah
Oprah grew up in a harsh environment of poverty and abuse. For this, she has dedicated her life to help others grow into bigger people in the society. Her Oprah’s Book Club launched during an episode of her talk show is dedicated to promoting the unknown authors and expose them to the world. Her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls established in South Africa is dedicated to the girls that are less fortunate. Oprah has donated over half a billion of her personal wealth to philanthropy.
Though her Harpo Production and OWN are the major contributors to her wealth, Oprah also banks as a shareholder in top companies, one of such is Weight Watchers for which she is also an adviser. Oprah reportedly made $12 million via a single tweet. she made promoting the company.
Oprah owns a number of enviable real estate properties. Her primary residence is The Promise Land, Montecito, California, a 42-acre abode ranked among the most expensive houses in the world. She owns a $14 million ski estate in Telluride, Colorado, estates in Florida, Antigua, Hawaii and an apartment in Chicago.