Oprah Gail Winfrey was born to Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey on an isolated farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on January 29, 1954. Her parents are unmarried that was separated soon after she was born and left her in the care of her maternal grandmother on the farm.
As a child, Winfrey has shown several signs that she was immersed in entertainment as she plays acting in front of an “audience” being the farm animals. Under the strict guidance of her grandmother, she learned to read at two and a half years old.
Oprah Education background
In 1971, Winfrey entered Tennessee State University with a full scholarship because she won an Elks club speaking contest, in this university Oprah exceled as a student both academically and extracurricular as she participated in the drama club, debate club, and student council, an indication of early resemblance of her talent in the field of journalism and hosting.
After Winfrey graduated in Baltimore, she was scheduled to do the local news updates in Good Morning America, and was able to host in TV chat show called The People Are Talking where she stayed for 8 years as the show became massively successful, after which she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show called the A.M. Chicago.
Winfrey pursued to launch her own talk show called The Oprah Winfrey Show inaugurated in 1986 as it was posed to be a nationally syndicated program that ran for 25 years ending in 2011. With its placement and run broadcast on 120 channels, the show was able to accommodate 10 million people on its whole duration.
The show grossed $125 million by the end of its first year, of which Winfrey received $30 million.
A Program Owner
She soon gained ownership of the program from ABC, creating a new production company with an overall control of her own accords, she named it the Harpo Productions (‘Oprah’ spelled backwards) making her more and more money from syndication.
In 2018, Winfrey was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 75th annual Golden Globes. During her acceptance speech, Winfrey expounded on sexual harassment issues in Hollywood, this proves that on her political advocacy do not just lie on her career path but also in her advocacy as a host and journalist.
21st Century Success
With her continued success in the 21st century, Winfrey became a billionaire. She co-produced a Broadway musical version of The Color Purple, created the Oprah.com website, and launched a 24-hour channel called Oprah Radio on XM Satellite Radio.
She continued hosting her talk show until 2011, after which she created OWN: (Oprah Winfrey Network), of which she is the CEO.
In 2015, Oprah bought a 10% equity stake in Weight Watchers International (WTW) and became a spokeswoman for the popular subscription weight loss program.
Winfrey’s hard work, resilience, and business perseverance have led to her series of exponential success across multiple industries and channels,that later on constructed with her very own. Her hardwork made her the richest self-made woman in America.
Her triumph even became the subject of a University of Illinois college course entitled Oprah Winfrey, the Tycoon and as of today, Oprah Winfrey has a declared net worth of 2.6 billion US Dollars.