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Oprah Winfrey's Estimated Net Worth: $2.9 billion
About Oprah Gail Winfrey
Known AsOprah Winfrey
Age70 Years
BirthJanuary 29, 1954 Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
Height5 feet 5 inches (1.69 m)
ChildrenCanaan (born and died in 1968)
SiblingsPatricia Lee Lloyd, Sister, Jeffrey Lee, Brother, Patricia Lofton, Sister
ParentsVernon Winfrey, Father, Vernita Lee, Mother
AddressPromised Land, Montecito, California
CountryUnited States
JobAmerican Media Proprietor, Talk Show Host, Actress, Producer
AlumniTennessee State University, 1971 - 1976
Birth SignAquarius

Oprah Winfrey’s net worth in 2018 is an estimated $2.9 billion, and she could possibly head to the Oval Office in 2020. After her rousing Golden Globes speech, speculation is rife about Miss O running for president—and she’s already a frontrunner!

When we picture Oprah Winfrey’s business card, we imagine it reads “Queen of All Media.” Going by a recent poll, she could be adding Commander-in-Chief, that is if she really runs in 2020!

With a staggering net worth of $2.9 billion and rising, Oprah Winfrey is the stuff of legends. But how did Miss O go from rags to one of the only female African-American billionaires in the world?

Keep reading to find out how Oprah is so rich.

How The Oprah Winfrey Show Made Miss O Rich

  • Born Orpah Gail Winfrey on January 29, 1954, the Mississippi native’s name was mispronounced “Oprah,” until it stuck; her mother was a housemaid and Winfrey grew up in rural poverty.
  • She was so poor that she wore dresses made from potato sacks, for which the other kids mocked her.
  • Winfrey worked in a radio station through high school and college; she chose to major in media given her oratory talent and passion for the stage.
  • As a news anchor in Nashville, Baltimore, and Chicago, she worked her way up the ranks.
  • Winfrey took over as host of a morning talk show at an ABC-affiliate Chicago station; it was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show and was broadcast nationally in 1986.
  • The show was syndicated and made into an hour-long broadcast, building ratings and revenue.
  • At 32, she was the first African-American host to be nationally syndicated and a millionaire, earning $30.0 million annually in the ‘80s; that number increased 10-fold in 2018.
  • Winfrey became a producer after launching Harpo Studios in 1988, the first African-American to own a major studio.
  • As an actress, her most recently lauded performance was in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; she also voiced a character in Princess and the Frog.
  • The media mogul branched into print with the launch of her successful magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, which reportedly generates $1.0 billion in consumer revenue every year.
  • Winfrey expanded her media empire by publishing books and producing critically-acclaimed movies.
  • She started OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network), a woman-driven cable network; she sold $70.0 million worth of stake in OWN to Discovery Communications.
  • Winfrey launched to bring all her various works to one website.
  • After her show came to an end, her biggest money-making venture is Weight Watchers; the weight loss company keeps her waist smaller and her bank account massive.
  • Winfrey bought 10% of the firm in 2015 for $43.0 million; her shares are now worth $365.0 million.
  • She signed a deal with XM Satellite Radio for $55.0 million to launch the Oprah Radio channel.
  • Winfrey also makes big money in real estate with properties in Santa Barbara, Maui, Colorado and Nashville.

Here’s an illustration of Oprah Winfrey’s wealth below:

Oprah Winfrey’s Net Worth$2.9 billion
Oprah Winfrey’s annual salary$315.0 million
Profits from The Oprah Winfrey Show$2.0 billion
Weight Watchers stake$365.0 million
Total real estate holdings$210.0 million
Winfrey’s share of OWN$75.0 million
Value of Harpo Studios$150.0 million
Oprah Winfrey’s home in Montecito, California$50.0 million
Montecito farm$29.0 million
Colorado ski resort$14.0 million

Oprah’s Heart of Gold

  • Winfrey is one of the biggest philanthropists in the world who ranks among the 50 most generous Americans.
  • She gives out scholarships and built The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa; she donated over $400.0 million to education causes by 2012.
  • Winfrey’s had astounding giveaways on her show in collaboration with sponsors; to celebrate two decades on TV, she took her staff and their families (around 1,000 people in total) on a trip to Hawaii.
  • She donated $12.0 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • Her organization, Oprah’s Angel Network supported charities and provided grants to non-profits all over the world; it raised $80.0 million in funds for its causes.
  • The Angel Network raised $11.0 million for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, and Winfrey donated an additional $11.0 million.

The following table illustrates Oprah Winfrey’s net worth over the years.

September 2014$3.0 billion
September 2015$3.0 billion
March 2016$3.0 billion
June 2016$3.1 billion
October 2016$2.8 billion
March 2017$3.0 billion
May 2017$2.9 billion
October 2017$3.0 billion