Oprah Winfrey
United States

Harpo Productions, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah
Winfrey

Chairman / CEO / Actress / Producer

It’s possible there’s no multi-hyphenate more high profile than Oprah Winfrey. And that has a lot to do with finding the right partners.

She teamed with Discovery Communications for her eponymous basic cable network, which has shaken off early struggles to thrive with scripted dramas; ventured with Hearst for O, The Oprah Magazine; and produces movies, TV, and Broadway shows through her Harpo Productions and Harpo Films companies. In 2015, she dove deeper into the business world, investing $43 million in publicly traded Weight Watchers, joining its board, and serving as its celebrity endorser. In the fall of 2017, Winfrey and Kraft launched their first line of health-conscious refrigerated foods, O That’s Good!

All the while she has continued to stay active as an actor, a side career that got an auspicious debut when she earned an Oscar nomination for her role in “The Color Purple.” Winfrey enjoyed a starring role in the HBO original film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” She has collaborated with Ava DuVernay, who has a first-look deal at Harpo Films, and has a key role in the director’s Disney film “Wrinkle in Time,” coming out in 2018.

Winfrey earned a degree from Tennessee State University and got her start as a young news anchor in Nashville and Baltimore. Her big break came after moving to Chicago and landing the hosting gig for the morning talk show “AM Chicago” in 1984. Two years later, she had a national platform with “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Her charisma and personal warmth connected to female audiences, and her emphasis on uplifting and tasteful chat built her into a personal brand that has become a magnet to advertisers. Winfrey stepped down from hosting the daily syndicated TV show in 2011. She has a personal net worth estimated by Forbes to be over $3 billion.

Career

  • OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Weight Watchers
  • O, The Oprah Magazine

Education

  • Tennessee State University (TN, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact

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Oprah Winfrey Takes on Trump-Era Political Divide in ‘60 Minutes’ Debut

Oprah Winfrey Takes on Trump-Era Political Divide in ‘60 Minutes’ Debut

Oprah Winfrey convened a group of voters to examine the nation's bitter political and cultural divide in her first segment as a special contributor to CBS' "60 Minutes."Winfrey held a roundtable session with 14 voters from West Michigan, evenly split between Donald Trump supporters and detractors. Winfrey pressed the group on Trump's track record as President, whether his tweets are "modern presidential," the need for limitations on free speech, and their perceptions of Trump vs. Hillary Clinton voters.The group also...

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