"I always feel if you do right, right will follow." Oprah
Winfrey arguably has more influence on the culture than any university
president, politician, or religious leader, except perhaps the Pope.”
There are an elite cadre of famous people who are recognized immediately, the world over, by their first names alone. Among them, however, there’s only one that we all know intimately. Oprah is not just another famous entertainer. She’s a friend to the world and a role model for all people, of any gender, of any race, of any group. Her warmth as a human being inspires and influences the millions worldwide who watch her daily yet never meet her in person. In 1998 talk show host Oprah Winfrey was voted the second most admired woman in America, with Hillary Rodham Clinton being the first. Oprah was followed by former First Lady Barbara Bush and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The Oprah Winfrey Show entered its 13th season in 1998. By then the show had garnered 30 Daytime Emmy Awards and that year Oprah, at the age of 44, was honored at the Emmys with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
With 15 to 20 million viewers in the United States and exposure in 132 countries as far flung as Bangladesh, Cyprus, Mongolia, and Singapore, her afternoon show generates more than $260 million a year in advertising revenue. The take for Oprah’s company, Harpo Entertainment, is about $120 million.
That, along with her other work, has made Oprah one of the wealthiest women in the United States. She is worth an estimated $600 million.
In addition to the show, Oprah has a string of honors and achievements. She joins Mary Pickford and Lucille Ball as the only women to own their own movie production studios. She earned a Golden Globe and an Academy nomination for her performance in The Color Purple.
But not only is Oprah successful, she is uniquely American. Black, southern, born out of wedlock and into poverty, she has faced many kind of adversity.
Nevertheless, at a very early age she decided – she chose – to take charge of her destiny and become a woman of influence.
The remarkable thing about Oprah Winfrey is how well she has been able to deal with success, fame, and wealth. As her life progresses, she continues to adapt, grow, and become a stronger, deeper, and more spiritual person.
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