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Oprah Winfrey Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How Much is Oprah Winfrey Worth? ‎$3.5 Billion

How did Oprah Winfrey earn her wealth and money?

Oprah Gail Winfrey was born on 29th January 1954, in Mississippi, U.S.A. She was born to a single teen mother in a state of poverty. Oprah is a talk show host, actress, producer, media proprietor, and philanthropist. Best known for her talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, which was the highest-rated television show in the history of talk shows. Oprah ranks third on the list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women (Forbes, 2017) and is called the Queen of All Media. She is the only African-American to have made it on the list. She also holds the record of being the only African-American of North America to have become a billionaire. Among other things, she is also the best African-American philanthropist in the whole world. According to several valuations, she is the most influential and inspiring woman in the world. President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. She also holds honorary degrees from Harvard and Duke.

Oprah Winfrey once revealed that she was subjected to molestation when she was a child and then during teenage; consequently, at 14, she got pregnant and gave birth to a boy who died in infancy. She used to live in Tennessee where she worked at a radio while completing her high school. She became a co-anchor, at 19, in the local evening news broadcast. She later landed the daytime talk show arena due to her emotional ad-lib manner of delivery. She went on to boost a third-rate Chicago talk show to the top and eventually established her own production company, turning internationally syndicated.

She has recently returned to her on-screen life, with a critically acclaimed performance in an HBO film released in April 2017, and as a special contributor on 60 Minutes. When Oprah left her talk show in 2011, she launched her cable channel by the name “OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)” in collaboration with Discovery Communications. Her share of OWN is estimated to be about $75 million. OWN was the most- watched channel in 2016.

Oprah, other than all the above-mentioned sources, gets the most benefit from 25 years of her worldwide famous talk show. Add to that the money she has yielded from movies such as “Selma” (2014), “The Color Purple” (1985), and “Beloved” (1998), and an amount close to $2 billion, after taxes and investments, is obtained. Oprah also has her own production house which she founded in 1986; she called it Harpo Productions, aka Harpo Studios. She has produced several movies, telefilms, and even radio shows under its banner. The company is worth around $150 million.

In 2015, Oprah bought shares in Weight Watchers – a weight loss company – for $43 million, which are now valued at $365 million. Her real estate investments and holdings are worth $210 million. Oprah has co-written five books and publishes magazines as well.

What are Oprah Winfrey’s highest-selling movies?

1. The Color Purple: $98,467,863
2. Selma: $52,076,908
3. Beloved: $22,852,487

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