Oprah Winfrey Net Worth

Net Worth: $2,500,000,000

Net Worth$2.5 Billion
Age65
BornJanuary 29 1954
Country of OriginUnited States of America
Source of WealthProfessional Talk Show Host/Actress

What is Oprah Winfrey’s net worth? Here’s what we know. Oprah Winfrey is one of the few celebrities who have reached One-Name status, meaning most people refer to her as simply Oprah. The incredibly successful talk show host/philanthropist was born in 1954 and grew up in the small town of Kosciusko, Mississippi.

Oprah did not have a great childhood. She was sexually abused by several male relatives and friends of her mother in the small farming community before finally escaping to live with her dad in Nashville.

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Life improved for Oprah in Nashville and in 1971 she started school at Tennessee State University and started working in radio and television broadcasting in Nashville.

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Five years later in 1976, Oprah moved to Baltimore and landed a gig hosting the TV chat show People Are Talking. Thanks to Oprah’s talent, the show became a hit and she continued to host for eight years. She was then recruited by a Chicago TV station to her own morning show, A.M. Chicago. In less than a year, Oprah grabbed first place in the morning TV ratings, beating her closest competitor by 100,000 viewers.

And then in 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show was launched as a nationally syndicated program. It was aired on 120 channels and had an audience of 10 million people. In its first year on air, the show grossed an insane $125 million.

Oprah Winfrey’s net worth was in the millions since she received $30 million of that and her life was changed forever. Years later in the mid-90s, when talk shows started to get trashy, Oprah refused to take the low-hanging fruit. She pledged to keep her show tabloid free, and while her ratings initially dropped, she eventually earned the respect of her audience and her ratings skyrocketed.

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In 2011, she ended the show after airing over 4,000 episodes. In addition to being one of the greatest talk show hosts in history, Oprah also received attention for being a great actress. In 1985, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Color Purple.

It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that Oprah is a billionaire. Oprah Winfrey’s net worth stands at around $2.9 billion. In 2018, she was the only African-American woman on Forbes’ billionaire list. Safe to say, she’s set for the rest of her life and then some.

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