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Oprah Winfrey

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Winfrey in October 2014

Born

Orpah Gail Winfrey
January 29, 1954
Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S.

Residence

Montecito, CaliforniaLavallette, New JerseyTelluride, ColoradoMaui, HawaiiChicago, IllinoisFisher Island, Florida

Alma mater

Tennessee State University

Occupation

  • Host ofThe Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions
  • Chairwoman, CEO and CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Actress
  • Author

Years active

1971–present

Salary

$75 million

Net worth

IncreaseUS$ 2.6 billion

Political party

Independent

Partner

Stedman Graham

Children

Canaan

Website

oprah .com

Signature

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Oprah Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire, and has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. She has also been sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world.

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in inner-city Milwaukee. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son was born prematurely and died in infancy. Winfrey was then sent to live with the man she calls her father, Vernon Winfrey, a barber in Tennessee, and landed a job in radio while still in high school. By 19, she was a co-anchor for the local evening news. Winfrey's often emotional, extemporaneous delivery eventually led to her transfer to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.

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I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good. - Oprah Winfrey

I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.

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Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi. - Oprah Winfrey

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.

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The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. - Oprah Winfrey

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.

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As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around. - Oprah Winfrey

As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.

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Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. - Oprah Winfrey

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

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My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment. - Oprah Winfrey

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment.

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Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. - Oprah Winfrey

Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.

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I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life. - Oprah Winfrey

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life.

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The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. - Oprah Winfrey

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

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The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. - Oprah Winfrey

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

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I am a woman in process. I'm just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull. - Oprah Winfrey

I am a woman in process. I'm just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.

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I don't believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process. - Oprah Winfrey

I don't believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.

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Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. - Oprah Winfrey

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.

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I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear. - Oprah Winfrey

I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.

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The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free. - Oprah Winfrey

The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.

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Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. - Oprah Winfrey

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

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