Oprah Winfrey Biography & Net Worth

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954, Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S. Oprah Winfrey is an American T. V personality, entrepreneur, and business woman. She is the founder of “O, the Oprah Magazine”and Oprah’s Book Club. At age 9, she suffered sexual molestations from her uncle, cousin and a family friend. She studied Communication on scholarship at Tennessee State University, after winning an oratory contest. Winfrey and her boyfriend Stedman Graham have been together as couples since 1986. They were engaged to be married in November 1992, but they never tied the knot. This article covers Oprah Winfrey net worth, biography and other interesting information about the iconic personality.

Oprah Winfrey’s Awards and Recognition

In January 2018, Winfrey became the first African American woman to be honored with the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award, for lifetime achievement. Other of her notable accomplishments are: Kennedy Center Honors (2010), Academy Award (2012),Presidential Medal Of Freedom (2013),The Spingarn Medal from the NAAC 2002), Cecil B. DeMille Award (2018), Chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions (1986–present)Chairwoman, CEO and CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network (2011–present).

Oprah Winfrey Net Worth

Oprah Winfrey net worth is estimated at $2.7 billion. She was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America’s first black multi-billionaire, and she has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. By 2007, she was sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world. Oprah Winfrey net worth began to grow when she won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant, which got her a part time job at a radio station. At age 32 years old, she became a millionaire. Oprah is usually considered the richest woman in the world of entertainment. On the Forbes 400 list, she has consistently been the only African American until recent time. Also, Forbes’ list of The World’s Billionaires has listed Winfrey as the world’s only black billionaire from 2004 to 2006 and also as the first black woman billionaire in the world that was achieved in the year 2003.

Oprah is known to treat her staff very well as she spent $805,000 to take 100 employees on a Mediterranean cruise in 2009. Being a dog lover, she is reportedly said to have allocated a whopping sum of $30 million in her will for her pooches.

Oprah Winfrey Houses & Estates

A significant percentage of Oprah Winfrey net worth comes from her real estate properties. The television diva has a fantastic holiday home that overlooks the waters in Antigua.Oprah owns an elegant luxurious home on the exclusive mountain resort in Telluride, Colorado. She is also the owner of a 5 bedroom home at 4555 Stratford Drive in Douglasville, Ga. The peaceful home is 5,994-square-foot house on a 1.62-acre parcel. The Promised Land is where Oprah stays and it is her most popular mansion. It is a 42-acre estate in Montecito, California. Mauii home – This is another mansion in Oprah’s ownership. The mansion is located in Kula. Winfrey also has homes in California, Rolling Prairie, and Indiana.

Oprah Winfrey Autos & Cars

  • Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle is the car Oprah Winfrey prefers over others. She featured the car twice in her Oprah Winfrey Favorite Things show and also gifted each of the audience member with a brand new Beetle, both of these times.

  • The Global Express XRS

The Global Express XRS Jet is one of the prized possessions that make up Oprah Winfrey net worth. She made an investment of $ 42 million and got this jet custom designed. The jet features seating for about 10 passengers, has leather interior and designer fixtures for the bathroom and galley.

Oprah Winfrey’s Media life

Winfrey co-starred in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 movie – The color purple. She acted as Sofia, a distraught housewife. Her role in this film got her the nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Also, Oprah Winfrey is credited to be the producer of a Broadway musical which opened late in 2005. It started as a novel “Alice Walker”. Winfrey also produced and starred in the 1988 movie Beloved, which was based on Pulitzer Prize -winning novel of the same name, written by Toni Morrison.

Oprah Winfrey, in 2018, continued in her media career and starred as Mrs. Which in the film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle ‘s novel – “A Wrinkle in Time “. She also lent her voice to an animated virtual-reality short film written and directed by Eric Darnell, titled Crow: The Legend, telling a native American origin tale.

List of Oprah Winfrey’s Movies ( as an actress)

A list of some of the movies which Oprah has starred in includes: color purple (1985), Native Son (1986), The Women of Brewster Place (1989), Brewster Place (1990), Lincoln (1992), There Are No Children Here (1992), Ellen (1997), The Princess and the Frog (2009), The Butler (2013), Selma (2014), Greenleaf (2016 – 2017), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017), The Star (2017), A Wrinkle In Time (2018), The Handmaid’s Tale (2018), Crow: The Legend (2018) and many more movies.

Oprah Winfrey Movies (as a producer)

Not only did Oprah Winfrey appear on TV as an actress, she has also produced numerous On screen media, from movies, TV series and miniseries, documentaries. Some of the films whose production is credited to her are:  The Oprah Winfrey Show (supervising producer – 8 episodes, 1989–2011),Their Eyes Were Watching God (TV movie) (executive producer), Legends Ball (TV documentary) (executive producer),(2006)– Oprah’s Big Give (TV series) (executive producer) (2011), Serving Life (TV documentary) (executive producer) (2011), The Hundred-Foot Journey(producer) (2014), When They See Us (executive producer) (2019). Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland (executive producer) (2019).

Oprah Winfrey Writing Career

Oprah Winfrey is also known to have ventured into writing and publishing both magazines and biographies. She publishes a magazine titled – “O, The Oprah Magazine“. In 2002, Fortune called “O, the Oprah Magazine” the most successful start-up ever in the industry. This explains how she must have managed to amass her huge net worth.

“O At Home” is another of Winfrey’s  magazine publication. She published it from  to 2008.In all, she is known to have co-authored 5 books.


Among Oprah Winfrey’s written bibliographies are: Winfrey, Oprah (1996) – The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey: A Portrait in Her Own Words, Winfrey, Oprah (1998) – Journey to Beloved (Photography by Ken Regan), Winfrey, Oprah (2014) – What I Know for Sure, Winfrey, Oprah (2016) – Mr. or Ms. Just Right (co-authored with B. Grace), Winfrey, Oprah (2017) – The Wisdom Journal: The Companion to The Wisdom of Sundays. Her most recent work is Winfrey, Oprah (2019) – The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose.


In this article, we have elaborated on Oprah Winfrey net worth and biography. She is one of the world’s most influential personalities. Oprah Winfrey is also a big philanthropist. Now you know about the number one African American woman on Forbes list of billionaires; her spouse, assets and riches, entertainment  career, and awards and recognition. She remains till today, a role model for many.

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