Oprah Winfrey Family, Career, Net Worth, Shows, Facts
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Oprah Winfrey aka Orpah Gail Winfrey is a talk show host, philanthropist, and media executive. She is most known for hosting the successful 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' which aired from 1986 to 2011.

She has built an unrivaled connection with people worldwide, thanks to the power of the media.

For 25 years, she entertained, informed, and inspired millions of people as host and supervising producer of the top-rated, award-winning 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.'

Her achievements as a worldwide media leader and philanthropist have cemented her place as one of the most admired and revered public personalities of our time.

Career & Net Worth

The Kosciusko native relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1976 to host the television chat show 'People Are Talking.' She stayed with the show for almost 8 years, after which she was hired by a Chicago television station to host A.M. Chicago.

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In 1986, Winfrey launched 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' a nationally syndicated talk show lasting 25 years until 2011. In its first year, the show had grossed $125 million, with Winfrey receiving $30 million.

She wrested control of the show from ABC, transferring it to her production firm, Harpo Productions, and profiting handsomely from syndication. Then, the host secured a deal in 2004 to keep 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' running into the 2010-11 season.

Shortly after 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' ended in 2011, Winfrey moved to her own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network, a joint venture with Discovery Communications.

Despite a shaky financial start, the network made headlines in January 2013 when it aired an interview between Winfrey and Lance Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner who had his titles stripped in 2012 due to doping allegations.

Oprah Winfrey Career, Net Worth

Likewise, Winfrey made a significant contribution to the publishing sector by creating "Oprah's Book Club" as part of her talk show.

She remarkably interviewed former First Lady Michelle Obama for her biography, Becoming, released in 2018.

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Similarly, she did an interview with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, in 2021, which was televised worldwide and garnered international interest.

Winfrey became the first black lady billionaire in the world in 2003, according to Forbes' list of The World's Billionaires. By now, she has surpassed former eBay CEO Meg Whitman as the wealthiest self-made woman in America with a net worth of over $2.9 billion.

Married, Partner, Children

Oprah Winfrey has been with her partner Stedman Graham for over 35 years, although they have never married.

The two have stated that being married would just complicate matters, even claiming that their love would not have survived if they had married.

Oprah Winfrey Married, Partner, Children

The couple had first met back in 1986 while visiting a mutual friend who was ill. 

Graham, a former athlete, and sportswear model had a girlfriend at the time, so Winfrey didn't give the notion of dating him any attention. They walked out together, and she asked him to buy a beer, but he refused.

"I (Winfrey) thought he was nice enough, but I wasn't that impressed. He was polite, yes, and kind. The sort of guy who sits with an ailing friend. Tall and handsome, for sure. But actually too handsome, I thought, to be interested in me."

She followed her friends' advice and kept a distant friendship with Graham till he was single. She quickly realized he was kind and supportive. And sometime later, they started dating.

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After six years, Graham proposed to the producer at her Indiana farmhouse. For a few weeks, the pair kept their engagement a secret until Oprah revealed it during a November guest on King's TV show.

 Around 2016, many people believed Winfrey and Graham had secretly married due to a bogus magazine story.

However, Winfrey debunked the story on Twitter, stating,

"Six individuals I know congratulated me or expressed astonishment that they were not invited to my wedding. "THIS IS NOT TRUE!!"

Bio: Family, Parents, Education

Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S. She is the daughter of Vernon Winfrey, a barber, and Vernita Lee.

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She has two half-sisters Patricia Lee Lloyd and Patricia Lofton. She also had a half-brother named Jeffrey Lee who died of AIDS at the age of 29. 

Winfrey attended Milwaukee's Lincoln High School but was moved to Nicolet High School in the wealthy suburbs following early success in the Upward Bound program.

Body Measurement: Height & Weight

The 67-years-old stands at the height of 5 feet 6 inches which is 1.69 m and weighs around 68 kgs which is 149 lbs.

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