|Net Worth||$2.6 billion|
|Born||January 29 1954|
|Country of Origin||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth||Professional Talk Show Host/Actress|
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.
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.
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. Oprah Winfrey’s net worth was growing by leaps and bounds.
In its first year on air, the show grossed an insane $125 million. Oprah 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.
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. Her 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.