Oprah Winfrey's Success Story: Forbes First Black Woman Billionaire in the World 2 years ago

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Oprah Winfrey, is a world renowned American media proprietor; talk show host; actress; producer; and philanthropist.

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1. EARLY LIFE
Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to a single, teenage mother.

2. TELEVISION CAREER
Oprah started her first television job while she was still in college.
She was the youngest first black female news anchor at Nashville's WLAC-TV.

3. THE BIG BREAK
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" made its national debut in 1986, and within five months it became the third-highest rated show in syndication and the No. 1 talk show in America, reaching upwards of 10 million people daily in 192 cities.

4. A MILLIONAIRE IS BORN
At the age of 32, Winfrey became not only the first African American television host to be nationally syndicated, but also a millionaire.
In March 2008, Oprah launched her official website, Oprah.com.

5. O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
In April 2000, she published her wildly successful magazine, "O, The Oprah Magazine."

6. XM SATELLITE RADIO
In 2006, Oprah signed a three-year, $55 million contract with XM Satellite Radio to establish a new 24-hour channel called "Oprah & Friends" on XM Satellite Radio.

7. OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK (OWN)
After the last Episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, in 2011, Oprah founded the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a cable network which reaches roughly 80 million homes, or 70.3% of television-viewing households in the United States.

8. PERSONAL WEALTH
Oprah Winfrey’s flies in her own $42 million, custom-designed Global Express XRS jet .
Oprah Winfrey’s her impressive real-estate portfolio includes a $52 million estate in Montecito, California, among others.

9. RECOGNITION & AWARDS
In 2014, Forbes listed Oprah as one of “The World’s Highest Paid Celebrities.”
In 2015 she made it to the “Forbes 400 List.”
In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded Winfrey the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
She was named the greatest black philanthropist in American history by BusinessWeek in 2017.
Honorary doctorate degrees from Princeton, Howard University, Duke University, and Harvard.

10. OPRAH WINFREY NET WORTH
By July 2017, Oprah Winfrey’s Net Worth is $3.2 Billion.

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11. CREDIT REFERENCES
oprah.com: http://www.oprah.com
Forbes; https://www.forbes.com
Fortune; http://fortune.com
Wikipedia; https://www.wikipedia.org
Investopedia; http://www.investopedia.com
Celebrity net worth; https://www.celebritynetworth.com
Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com
Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com

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