Oprah Winfrey is a household name throughout the United States. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that she has a high net worth, so much so that she can be counted as one of the richest people in the entire world. The exact figure can see a fair amount of variation from estimate to estimate, but examples range from Forbes’s $2.8 billion to Bloomberg’s $3.4 billion.
How Did Oprah Winfrey Reach Her Current Net Worth?
For those who are unfamiliar with her beginnings, Winfrey’s story is a classic example of rags to riches. In short, she was born to a teenage mother, who had a single sexual encounter with her biological father before breaking up with him. When Winfrey was still a child, she lived with her grandmother in a state of rural poverty, though it should be noted that her grandmother was supportive of her in a way that her mother was not. Later, when she moved to the city to live with her mother, she had a tough time, as shown by the story of how she had run away from home at the age of 14, gotten pregnant, and then had to suffer the tragic loss of her son when he was born premature. However, Winfrey eventually found the support that she needed from her biological father Vernon Winfrey, with the result that she winded up becoming a honors student in high school.
Due to this, Winfrey was able to become involved in local media, with the result that she winded up becoming the youngest news anchor at WLAC-TV in Nashville, TN. Something that was even more exceptional because she was the first black female news anchor at that particular TV station as well. Eventually, Winfrey’s ad-libbing got her a position in daytime talk shows, where she managed to bring a local talk show in Chicago, IL from third place to first place. Soon enough, Winfrey was able to get her own talk show syndicated on an international basis, which paved the way for her to invent a sort of confessional format that has since become popular for talk shows as a whole.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Winfrey’s success as a talk show host meant that she started making a lot of money. In fact, it is believed that she had become a millionaire at the age of 32, which makes sense because a lot of viewers translated into a lot of marketing power. However, it is important to note that while Winfrey’s talk show became more and more popular, she wasn’t hesitant to branch out when she believed that there were sound opportunities waiting to be capitalized upon.
For instance, Winfrey has popped up in a number of movies in rather important roles, with examples ranging from Eudora in The Princess and the Frog to Mrs. Which in A Wrinkle in Time. Furthermore, she has co-authored a total of five books, which are in addition to the fact that she was the one behind the launch of O, The Oprah Magazine. Finally, it is important to note that Winfrey has had her own production company for a very, very long time, meaning that she remains a powerful force in the entertainment industries in spite of the fact that her talk show came to a conclusion in 2011.
Bright Future Ahead
Summed up, Winfrey got started because of her talk show. However, she was able to translate that talk show into a full-fledged business empire, which she continues to run in the present. As a result, it is no wonder that she has managed to become one of the richest black people in the entire world, which is particularly impressive because she came from such humble beginnings.
With that said, it seems probable that Winfrey’s net worth will continue to grow in the future to come. After all, she is still very much involved in business matters, as shown by her recent choice to sell most of her shares in the Oprah Winfrey Network to Discovery Communications while still staying on as its CEO. Due to this, a steady climb upwards towards even higher numbers seems probable, while huge, sudden upswings are less likely but not wholly impossible.