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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

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