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  1. Oprah Winfrey: Introduction
  2. Oprah Winfrey: Early Life and Education
  3. Oprah Winfrey: Success Story
  4. Oprah Winfrey: Net Worth
  5. Oprah Winfrey: Famous or Infamous
  6. Oprah Winfrey: Most Influential Quotes

Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media magnate, television and film producer, and talk show host with a net worth of roughly $3 billion.

Even with her own magazine and TV network, Oprah is still best known for hosting "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which ran nationally for 25 years and is the highest-rated American talk show of all time. The success of this show, as well as her other profitable ventures in the film, television, and magazine industries, earned her the moniker "The Queen of All Media." And the consistent devotion of her global audience has inspired some pundits to call her the most influential woman in the world. (For more, see: From Poverty To Power: Celebrities Who Started With Nothing.)

Oprah was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to a single teenage mother. She grew up poor and spent her childhood and adolescence in rural Mississippi and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, where she started her television career as a newscaster. In 1983, Oprah moved to Chicago to take over hosting duties for A.M. Chicago, a low-rated local talk show. The addition of Oprah helped propel the show to the top of the ratings in the Chicago market. 

Oprah followed up on her success with "A.M. Chicago" by launching her own media production company and "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Winfrey re-imagined the television talk show as a forum more intimate and confessional than most shows of its kind had been.

Over time, her show evolved, and by the mid-‘90s had moved on to new subjects, such as literature, self-improvement and spirituality. With millions of viewers watching her show, Winfrey established herself as one of America’s foremost tastemakers in matters branching from arts and culture to religion to politics.

In 2000, Winfrey's own monthly magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, was first released. In 2011, The Oprah Winfrey Show aired its last episode. That same year, Winfrey founded the Oprah Winfrey Network, which reaches roughly 80 million homes, or 70.3% of television-viewing households in the United States. (See also: How To Improve Your Leadership Skills.)

With her winning personality and decades of success, Oprah became the richest African-American of the 20th century. She was also named the greatest black philanthropist in American history by Buisinessweek. In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded Winfrey the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also holds, among many other honors, honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard Universities. 

Oprah Winfrey: Early Life and Education
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