Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey Net Worth 2014 – 2015: $2.9 Billion

Oprah’s career has been very impressive and incredibly inspiring as well, she was able to overcome poverty and abuse to eventually become one of the wealthiest persons in the world and an example to everyone. Yes you heard me right, Oprah Gail Winfrey is one of the richest people on the planet, she’s a billionaire, in fact, she’s made so much money that she was ranked the richest African American of the 20th century by Forbes, leaving well behind powerful black celebrities and businessmen such as Jay-Z, Michael Jordan, Diddy, Beyonce, Kanye West, Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, 50 Cent, Birdman, Tyler Perry, Lil Wayne, Bill Cosby, and many others.

Winfrey’s road to success hasn’t been easy though, her good fortune is simply the end result of years of hard work and dedication. Oprah started out her career as a news anchor at WLAC-TV in Nashville, then in 1983 she became the host of a low-rated talk show at the time produced by WLS-TV in Chicago, eventually the show went from being the lowest rated show to the highest rated talk show in Chicago, overtaking the likes of Donahue and other media powerhouses at the moment. In 1986 the show was renamed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and it was nationally syndicated after signing a deal with King World. Oh, I forgot to mention that during this time frame she also co-starred in Steven Spielberg’s feature film “The Color Purple”, her role as “Sofia” earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress thanks to an outstanding performance.

After The Oprah Winfrey Show was nationally syndicated it quickly became the number one daytime talk show in America, and it also made her the richest self-made woman in America along the way. Since then her business portfolio has gotten bigger and stronger, she makes money from a lot of different sources such as Harpo Productions, her own production company, in 2011 she also launched her own channel with Discovery Communications that replaced the “Discovery Health Channel” which is called “OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network” (I’m sure that this new channel will quickly add up another couple of billions to her fortune in a very short period of time), she has published several successful books and magazines, and only God knows in how many more businesses she might actually be involved in (I’m sure there are a lot of them).

Oprah has been making hundreds of millions of dollars every year for more than a decade, according to Forbes Magazine International her salary in 2004 was $210 million, in 2005 $225 million, in 2006 $225 million, in 2007 $260 million, in 2008 $275 million, in 2009 $275 million, in 2010 $315 million, in 2011 $290 million, in 2012 $165 million, and in 2013 she regained the No. 1 slot on Forbes list of the Most Powerful Celebrities.

It is obvious that Winfrey likes to spend her hard earned money the right way, she likes big expensive cars and mansions located in exotic places, such as her Hawaiian home, her $85 million dollar Santa Barbara mansion, a $52 million estate in Montecito CA, and according to some sources she is now house hunting in Hollywood.

But, how much is Oprah Winfrey really worth? Well, according to several popular online media outlets and magazines including Forbes, the richest self made woman in America has a total net worth of $2.9 billion dollars as of 2013, and we are not going to argue with any of them this time, in fact, we totally agree with Oprah’s new net wealth estimate provided by Forbes, a magazine that’s well known for providing accurate monetary estimates for the richest and most powerful people on earth.

Forbes ranked her #184 in the 2013 400 Richest People in America list, #1 in the 2013 100 Richest Celebrities list, and #503 in the Richest Billionaires list, which means that Gail Winfrey is almost the 500th richest person in the world.

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