They say money doesn’t buy happiness, but does Oprah Winfrey look sad to you? But the 63-year-old media mogul has more to her than the nearly 3 billion she’s acquired through her brands. That smile we’ve all come to know and love is the product of success and a big lump sum of cash. From being a Weight Watchers success story to a rumored future president, Queen O rose from the trenches and we’re lucky to exist at the same time. Exploring the multitude of ways Oprah made history can inspire us all to aim to obtain billions… or get sugar daddies.
Oprah Winfrey’s Estimated Net Worth As of 2018: 2.8 Billion
Chipotle employees wouldn’t even tell her “guac is extra.”
The radio voice turned tv personality turned entrepreneur and philanthropist were once just a regular gal like you and me. Rags-to-riches style, Winfrey overcame the challenges of being born in the rural town of Kosciusko, Mississippi. Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954, but not to a happy home. Her mother, Vernita, neglected the fact that Oprah was being sexually abused by relatives and family friends. When Winfrey could, she moved to Nashville to live with her father, Vernon. Things started to turn around when she was admitted to Tennessee State University in 1971 and began working in radio and television broadcasting in Nashville.
1975- Early 2000s
By 1976, Winfrey moved to Baltimore, where she hosted the TV show People Are Talking. The show was a hit for eight years and she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show, A.M. Chicago. Winfrey’s career was taking off and next led to nationwide fame and a role in Steven Spielberg‘s 1985 film The Color Purple. Her role in the film received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. When The Oprah Winfrey Show launched in 1986 as a nationally syndicated program, it became the foundation for Winfrey’s incredulous success and ultimately flourishing bank account. With a moniker like that, it was placed on 120 channels and garnered an audience of 10 million people, grossing $125 million by the end of its first year, $30 million of which went right into Winfrey’s pocket. By the age of 32, Oprah was a millionaire and a household name defying the odds of her past and the future of television. When TV became “trashy,” Oprah maintained her personality with grace and respect for all of her guests. The Oprah Winfrey Show became the highest-rated American talk show ever, running for 25 years – from 1986 to 2011 while Oprah herself was simultaneously engaging in charities and new business ventures. Launching O, The Oprah Magazine in 2000 brought in $1 billion in consumer revenue over the course of the publication’s existence, according to Women’s Wear Daily. By 2003, Oprah was the first female African-American billionaire, putting her money into building schools for young girls and various other charities while bringing more in through the production of critically acclaimed films and best-selling books.
Winfrey also started OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a woman-centric cable network that reaches millions of viewers, generating more funds with its most-watched year in 2016. Knowing where to put her money has lead to obtaining more of it. For example, Winfrey bought a 10% stake in Weight Watchers where she acts as a brand ambassador. The weight loss monopoly accredits Winfrey with “The Oprah Affect.” Other recent endeavors include joining CBS’ 60 Minutes as a special contributor and teaming up with another African-American trailblazer, DuVernay. The pair will star in the $100 million remake of the classic A Wrinkle in Time, alongside co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, who I didn’t think we’re doing too bad until I compared their net worths? But money isn’t everything people. Whats important here is that Miss Oprah is a strong independent black woman that don’t need no man but could have a man if she wanted to, but is a trailblazer on her own. And you can be too.
What do you do after you’ve set records, won awards, made billions, gave millions, and have no children? Sure, you could retire to a private Island or fly to Paris on your unicorn to have lunch with Kanye West, but you could also run for President of the United States. In the wake of a moving Golden Globes speech which not only revealed that she’s much more qualified than Mr. Trump, people are seriously considering casting their vote for Winfrey 2020. She already runs an empire, why not let her run the country?