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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey was born in Mississippi in 1954. A self-made media icon, Winfrey represents the highest and most pure form of the American Dream. She was born with nothing, not even a true family, and turned hard work into an incomparable fortune. Although, the wealthiest black person in the U. S., she remains accessible to her fans through mastering and commanding every media channel ever created.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

The story of Oprah's early life is not a happy one. She suffered years of sexual and emotional abuse from family members that she should have been able to depend on. Winfrey became pregnant at age 13, giving birth to a baby boy who would die shortly after birth. Only her grandmother lifted her up and allowed her to tap into her potential for greatness.

In high school, she became an honors student and won second place in a national oratory competition. At 17, Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant and earned a part-time job working at a local radio station. Her achievements in speech and communications landed her a scholarship to Tennessee State University. She majored in communications and became the first black female news anchor at Nashville's WLAC-TV. Her media career took her to Baltimore where she began hosting a local talk show.

In 1986, the Oprah Winfrey Show first aired nationally. This show would overtake Donahue, hosted by then King of Talk Phil Donahue, and go on to be the most successful daytime talk show of all time, running 26 seasons. Although, the daytime show was the platform for Oprah's success, her business-savvy and ability to conquer all forms of media would be her trademark and make her a household name.

Oprah successfully turned herself into a mega-brand that launched feature films, online media, a radio empire, and a publishing empire. Her power in wielding influence has coined a phrase, "The Oprah Effect" which essentially means that anything Oprah touches turns to gold. The power of this influence was nationally recognized when she publically endorsed Barrack Obama in his 2008 run for President.

Her accessibility and humanity have served as building blocks for her fame and fortune. Throughout her career, she has confessed, very publicly, her errors in life including, becoming pregnant at 13, experimenting with drugs, and making unhealthy weight loss choices. While earning her heavy criticism in the mainstream media, these group therapy type confessions also won her the respect, admiration and fierce loyalty of her fans throughout the world. Winfrey is noted for taking charitable work to a whole new level especially founding the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

In 2010, Forbes listed Oprah Winfrey's worth at over $2.7 billion, making her the wealthiest self-made woman in America. While overcoming many personal tragedies, Winfrey has never had the fall from grace that most successful people experience at some point in their lives. She's the ultimate winner, and her snowballing success also serves as an icon. Winfrey has been with long-time boyfriend Steadman Graham since 1986. The two became engaged in 1992, but remain not married. Winfrey has long stood as a symbol that women can and should stand on their own, and create their own path to their own success. Today Oprah Winfrey still stands as one of the most famous women in the modern world.

There is a secret you don't know …

Besides the factual Oprah Winfrey biography presented above there is a secret we've just uncovered. After years of hiding this shame Oprah has finally confessed that she has an obsession and will spend hours online perusing pictures of vestigial tails.


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