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Oprah Winfrey is perhaps the most well known talk show host in the world. Oprah has changed millions of lives with her ability to motivate and inspire others through discussing tough personal topics on her show.

She got her start on a radio show in Nashville, Tennessee. Quickly, she became the first African American woman to anchor a news show and at the age of nineteen, the youngest as well. Oprah moved to Chicago to host the AM Chicago radio show, in 1984. This show quickly became the number one talk radio show, and was renamed the Oprah Winfrey Show. This show remained the top rated talk show on TV for 24 seasons. The show was broadcast in over 100 countries, and garnered over 40 million viewers a week

Oprah started Harpo Studios, her own production company, in 1988. This made her only the third woman in U.S. history to do so. After retiring from her talk show in 2008, Oprah became the CEO of her own network, the OWN Network. The network contains a variety of shows, all of which have an uplifting and positive message for viewers, showing them how to change and fight issues they are struggling with in their everyday lives. The network also has many real life reality shows.

Mrs. Winfrey also has a magazine which she began in 2002, The Oprah Magazine. It is a women's lifestyle publication which reaches 2.35 million readers each month. Oprah has also produced many films, starred in many films, and broadway productions as well. Through Harpo Films, Oprah produced many "Oprah Presents" movies, based on books. Some examples of these films are "Tuesdays With Morrie" about a older man who is sick, and the younger man who comes to visit him, every week, ans "Their Eyes Were Watching God", a bestselling classic literature book, which starred Halle Berry.

Many of the films Oprah produced, highlight the struggle of Black Americans. In "The Color Purple" and "Beloved" Oprah explores these topics. She was nominated for an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe for her role in "The Color Purple"

Winfrey also has her own website, Oprah.com. This site has exclusive content for Oprah fans, such as "The Oprah Book Club", and offers health, relationship, parenting, food, and exercise advice. Oprah.com has more than 7 million viewers a month. Oprah has her own radio show on SIRIUS satellite radio which features different segments from regular contributors to her show.

One of her most moving commitments is her commitment to humanitarianism, and education. She started the Oprah Winfrey Foundation to train and teach and provide women, children and families all over the world with opportunities to have a better life. She has donated millions of dollars for scholarships for disadvantaged women and children, through "The Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program". She set up the "Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls" in South Africa, and provides these women with an opportunity for education they would not have received otherwise.

She incorporated her viewers into her philanthropic efforts with "Oprah's Angel Network", which inspired viewers to think of their own projects they would like to build in their own communities, and contribute donations, ideas and expertise to make it happen.

Winfrey has molded and mentored several spiritual leaders and mentors to the community who now have their own shows on TV. Some examples of these include, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray, Nate Berkus and Iyanla Vanzant.

Oprah has been awarded numerous honors for her contributions. Some include: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts—Kennedy Center Honors, The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity—2007 Humanitarian Award, National Civil Rights Museum—2005 National Freedom Award, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences®—Lifetime Achievement Award.

Companies and Investments

Harpo Studios (Founder)

OWN Network (Founder, CEO and Creative Director)

The Oprah Magazine (Founder)

Harpo Films (Founder)

Oprah.com (Founder)

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (Founder)


Lessons Learned

-Connect and Inspire Your Audience


Many of those who watch the Oprah Winfrey Show or the OWN Network do show because of the unique connection Oprah forms with the viewers.

-Be a Role Model


Oprah is a role model for young girls and women on what a strong female figure is like. She is successful in her career, successful at breaking boundaries never before broken, and at helping millions.

-Build a Brand in Every Form of Communication


Oprah was on TV, on the radio, on the web, in magazine, on Film, and on Broadway, so any method of communication that a viewer had could be linked to Oprah.

-Create Mentors and Spiritual Leaders


Oprah created an army of Spiritual Leaders to spread her message and their messages of inspiration to people on shows like the Dr. Oz Show, the Dr. Phil Show, the Suze Orman show and more.

-Invest in Education


Oprah believes in education being the core to a person's success. This is why she had invested millions of her own money to give back to the community. Whether it be her school for girls in Africa, or the scholarships she gave on her show. She has contributed to the education of millions of people around the world.

Inspiring Quotes

Someday is not a day in the week.

Dr. Phil McGraw

Be the change you wish to see in the world

Mahatma Ghandi

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Influential Books

Rohinton Mistry - A Fine Balance (Oprah's Book Club)

Eric Butterworth - Discover the Power Within You: A Guide to the Unexplored Depths Within (Plus)

Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61)

Barbara Kingsolver - The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

Elie Wiesel - Night

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