Oprah Winfrey, the woman from a poverty-stricken family, made her name into history with her most significant achievements. Today, she is the only black woman on the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest people in America. Besides, the publication also estimates Winfrey’s net value at $3 billion. If you want to know much about this American media mogul, go through her success story jotted down below.
(How she started?)
- Born on Jan 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
- She had a tough childhood.
- Her father was working in the army and mother as a maid, leaving little Oprah with the strict grandmother.
- She was moved directly to the first grade when she was 5 years old.
- Later she was transferred directly to the third because of her huge potential.
- She was called as “The Little Speaker” as she was taking part in a poetry competition.
- She suffered from childhood abuse in her small age.
- At the age of 13, she got tired of humiliation and harassment that she ran away from family.
- At the age of 14, she had to handle her miscarriage.
- Her father took her back home and surrounded her with care and attention.
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
Voyage of Turning out Into a Beautiful Swan
- She became the head of her school council.
- President Nixon invited Oprah to the White House as an outstanding American teenager.
- She became the representative of the black youth of Nashville.
- She became Miss Black Tennessee and later Miss Black Nashville.
- In 1971, she participated in a carnival procession for “Miss Black America” beauty pageant.
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey
The Journey of Success with Business Venture
- In 1971, she began her career as a news anchor in Nashville.
- 1976 – She was fired as she could not handle traumatic news.
- 1976 – She became the reporter in Baltimore and a co-anchor of 6 o’clock news on WJZ-TV.
- 1978- She accepted the job of hosting WJZ’s local talk show “People Are Talking.”
- She was shattered when a botched treatment left her temporarily bald.
- In 1985, she entered the movie world.
- In 1986, she became the TV presenter of her own talk show – The Oprah Winfrey Show.
- In 1998, her big-budget movie Beloved was a failure and left her devastated.
- On January 01, 2011, Oprah Winfrey launched her own channel called OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)
- On May 25, 2011, she aired the last episode of her show.
- As of 2015, Oprah Winfrey’s net worth was $3 billion.
- In 2017, she was nominated for Outstanding TV Movie and Talk Series.
“When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes.” – Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey’s Records
- 1973 -The first black woman assistant to Nashville’s evening news anchor.
- 1986 – The first African-American female to take such a position.
- 1986 – Nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the Best Supporting Actress performance in the movie.
- In June 1986, she received Woman of Achievement Award from National Organization for Women.
- 1988- The first African-American woman to have her own production company.
- 2006 – The third woman in the world to own personal studio and run personal shows.
- In 2016, she won Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.
- 2016- She won Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical.
- 2018- The first black woman to win Cecil B. de Mille Award at the Golden Globes.
- 2018- She won NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey