Oprah Winfrey did more than make history when she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globe awards. Here are some of the Oprah Winfrey’s Most Favorite Books
Oprah Winfrey’s story is a true rags-to-riches tale. Oprah started off as a television reporter in Nashville in the 1970s before being offered her own 30-minute talk show on WLS-TV, Chicago’s ABC affiliate station. In 1986, it was expanded to an hour and renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show. It became the highest-rated American talk show ever, running for 25 years – from 1986 to 2011. After it became nationally syndicated, Winfrey became a millionaire at just 32 years old, according to Business Insider.
Oprah continued to blaze her own path by starting her own production company, Harpo Productions, making her the first African-American to own a large studio.
Oprah launched O, The Oprah Magazine in 2000. Over the last 15 years the publication has brought in $1 billion in consumer revenue, according to Women’s Wear Daily.
Oprah continued expanding on her success in the media world, writing numerous best-selling books and acting in and producing critically acclaimed films. In 2003, she became the first female African-American billionaire, Business Insider reported. She also started OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a woman-centric cable network. Among OWN’s hits is Queen Sugar, created by director Ava DuVernay. Its two-night debut in 2016 had an average 2.42 million viewers, according to Deadline.
Oprah’s podcast, the Super Soul Sunday series, is somewhat of a continuation of the book club she first launched during her TV years, featuring guests like Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton: An American Musical, and authors Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed.
Oprah recently sold a 24.5% stake in OWN for $70 million to Discovery Communications, which now controls 75% of the company. Oprah’s net worth was further buoyed by her 10% stake in weight loss company Weight Watchers, an investment that earned her $70 million in a single day in 2015. Oprah also became a spokesperson for the company, joined recently by producer DJ Khaled.
The company has benefitted from the so-called “Oprah bump” — after her Golden Globes speech Sunday, Bloomberg reported that Weight Watchers stock spiked 13%, hitting its biggest intraday gain in two months.
Monday’s windfall alone could drive up her wealth by tens of millions of dollars.
She also recently joined CBS’ 60 Minutes as a special contributor.
Her biggest project in recent years has been her return to the silver screen. Oprah teamed up with another African-American trailblazer, DuVernay, to star in the $100 million reimagined classic A Wrinkle in Time, alongside co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.
In addition to her media businesses, Oprah also invests in real estate. She lives on an estate in Montecito, California worth $28.85 million, the Los Angeles Times reported. According to Business Insider, she owns a $14 million ski house in Colorado, along with homes in Hawaii and Tennessee. She recently listed her last Chicago-area home for sale – after once owning a Windy City portfolio that included $7.5 million in property downtown, according to Trulia.
She also has her own customized jet worth $42 million, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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