- Birthday29th Jan, 54
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusSingle
Oprah Winfrey was born in Mississippi to unwed teenage mother in 1954. After a difficult adolescence with her mother, where she suffered from sexual and physical abuse, she came under the supervision of her strict father in Nashville. Things improved for Oprah when she turned 18 and won the Miss Black, Tennessee beauty pageant, a win that led to a part time job at a radio station. In 1976 she moved to Baltimore to host a show called People are talking. By 1986, the Oprah Winfrey show was syndicated over more than 100 channels across the country and she was a phenomenon.
A year later her talk show which was owned by her production company Harpo productions, was bringing 125 million USD annually. Considering that Oprah was born into poverty, she managed to become a millionaire by the time she was 32 years old. Considered the richest woman in entertainment, till recent years she was the only African American on the Forbes 400 list. However what makes Oprah truly unique is the influence she has over her fans. When she started Oprah book club, just about every title she selected instantly shot to the bestsellers’ list. The power of Winfrey's opinions and endorsement to influence public opinion, especially consumer purchasing choices, has been dubbed ""The Oprah Effect"". She was named as the one of the most influential person by Time right from 2004 to 2011.
In 1999, the oprah brand continued to grow as she co founded Oxygen media and introduced O magazine which was an instant success. Her success also partly reflected in her swelling bank account as she became the America’s richest self-made billionaire woman. As her empire continues to grow with magazines, radio channels and Oprah Winfrey Network, this media icon has achieved a level of success and influence like nothing ever seen before in popular culture. The girl from Mississippi dedicates her success to her black female forerunners: author Maya Angelou (now a close friend), 19th-century abolitionist Sojourner Truth, and entrepreneur Madame CJ Walker.
- “Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself”.
- Though I'm grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes.
- Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother
- My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment..
- I always knew I was destined for greatness.
- I do not believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process
- If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are
- Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
Did you know?
- Oprah Winfrey's first name was supposed to be Orpah, after Ruth's sister-in-law in the Bible, but it was misspelled Oprah on her birth certificate. The name stuck.
- Oprah Winfrey was taught to read at age 3 by her grandmother, helping her develop her knack for public speaking. "[People] would say to my grandmother, 'Hattie Mae, this child sure can talk. She is the talkingest child," Winfrey told CNN.
- Embarrassed by her butterfly-rimmed eyeglasses as a teen, Oprah Winfrey asked her mother to replace them. When she wouldn't, Oprah Winfrey broke them and called the cops. "The story was that someone broke in, hit me on the head and knocked off my glasses," she told theWashington Post. "I lay down and faked amnesia."
- Barbara Walters shaped the budding Oprah Winfrey's interviewing style. "For the first six months I was on the air, I imitated her like crazy," Winfrey told the Los Angeles Times in 1987.
- Oprah Winfrey is the first African-American celebrity to land on the cover of Vogue, in the October 1998 issue. She loses 20 lbs. for the photo shoot. "If you want to be on the cover of Vogueand [editor-in-chief] Anna Wintour says you have to be down to 150 lbs. – that's what you gotta do," Winfrey tells the BBC.
- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley renamed the blocks in front of Harpo Studios "Oprah Winfrey Way" earlier this month.
- Oprah, a dog lover, reportedly left her pooches $30 million in her will.
- She's also known to spoil her staff: she spent $805,000 to take 100 employees on a Mediterranean cruise in 2009.
- Oprah Gail Winfrey was born at home in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on January 29, 1954, her existence the result of what she called "a one-day fling under an oak tree"
- "The Wall Street Journal coined the term ""Oprahfication"", meaning public confession as a form of therapy. By confessing intimate details about her weight problems, tumultuous love life, and sexual abuse, and crying alongside her guests, Time magazine credits Winfrey with creating a new form of media communication known as ""rapport talk"" as distinguished from the ""report talk"" of Phil Donahue: "
Family & relationships
The show queen owns a fabulous vacation home at the sea shore in Antigua.
Telluride homeTelluride is an exclusive mountain resort attracting VIP clients who desire privacy and exclusivity. Winfrey owns a remote 85-acre mountain retreat in Telluride, Colorado.
Oprah has the ownership of a five-bedroom, 5,994-square-foot house on a 1.62-acre parcel at 4555 Stratford Drive in Douglasville, Ga.
Peaceful place to live
The Promised Land
This is Winfrey's most famous mansion which she has aptly named The Promised Land. It is a 42-acre estate embraced with the true beauty of ocean and mountain views in Montecito, California. What add to its coziness are 10 fireplaces and the landscaping features a rose hybrid specially bred over five years by her landscaper. The unique feature of this mansion is a structure built for the express purpose of shielding Oprah from the infrequent Santa Barbara showers. Oprah's collection has grown to include scores of gorgeous coffee-table books. Winfrey ferociously guards the privacy of her home and doesn't allows shutterbugs to disturb the serenity of the place.
The tea house
Oprah’s hearst castle
The Promised Land
The cottage room
"This mansion owned by Oprah is located in Kula. It gives a complete reflection of a contemporary American farmhouse. Winfrey used this home of hers to showcase her folk art. She also purchased an additional 63 acres of land near Maui’s Hamoa Beach several years later. "
Pleasurable and expensive
The dining hall
The entrance hall
Vast and elegant balconies
Oprah Winfrey has recently sells her swanky apartment in Chicago which was on the market for $2.8 million at a loss of $2.75 million. She bought the Streeterville condo in 2006 for a cool $5.6 million. Oprah had earlier listed the same home for $6 million in June 2008, however it did not fnd any takers.
Location: The Beaux-Arts style co-ops is located in Streeterville, Chicago.
Features: The apartment is spread over 5000 square feet and boasts two foyers (one inner, one grand), a formal dining room, a solarium, a butler's pantry, a wine room and three bedrooms. Since buying the place Oprah has never moved in there and prefers staying in her 15,000 square feet duplex nearby. Before listing the apartment, she was renting out the place for $15,000 per month. The mansion is one of the 13 1913 mansions designed by famous architect Benjamin Marshall.
The living room
The owner's suite
The dining hall
Single story stone fireplace
Water Town Place
Oprah Winfrey owns a mansion located in the famed Michigan Avenue shopping, dining and entertainment complex. This 15k -square foot duplex is comprised of four separate units which Winfrey has connected together.
The music chamber
Tree in the house
Glass surround apartment
The dinning hall
Extraordinary living room staircase
World’s one of the most powerful female Oprah Winfrey listed her Fisher Island Condo for $2.09M and was sold $1,100,000. The TV Diva sold this beautiful mansion in 2008.
Location: The property is located in Fisher Island in Florida. Fisher Island had the highest per capita income of any place in the United States
Accommodation: This is a spectacular mansion that has open rooms for the direct ocean views through walls of sliding glass. Privacy is maintained on the gracious seaside terrace to create an unmistakable Florida aura. This mansion features two bedrooms, two bathroom luxury Fisher Island condominiums. Gorgeous design, inviting layout and fantastic features combine to achieve a supreme level of plush waterfront, tropical living. The most amazing fact is that home includes wonderful water views from every room.
Neighborhood: Fisher Island is one of the favorite holiday destinations for celebrities hence many of such celebs have their holiday homes in this location. Cynthia Rodriguez, ex-wife of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, has purchased a condo on Fisher Island in Florida.
The master bedroom
The kitchen conceot
The balcony view
Oprah winfrey owns a pricey three-bedroom penthouse in Manhattan, positioned at the 36th-floor of the luxurious residential tower “Place 57”. Designed by architect Ismael Levy, the residential tower features a bunch of facilities for the residents white include residents-only conference rooms, round the clock doorman and concierge services, thematically designed children's playrooms, a fully equipped fitness center, and a Baccarat Crystal Garden. Winfrey’s three-bedroom penthouse is currently on sale in the market for $7.9 million.
Location: The pricey apartment is located in Manhattan, New York, USA.
Accommodation: Spread over an area of 2,500 square feet, the lavish apartment features three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a dining room, a living room, chute-like entrance hall and a kitchen. A fair number of floor-to-ceiling windows in the apartment offer a comprehensive view of the lively New York City. The lofty 12-foot high room ceilings provide a mammoth appearance to each room while the stunning hardwood walnut floors make the living space a real retreat. Scalene triangle shaped dining area includes a swinging door. The contemporary and expensively equipped kitchen incorporates flat-fronted cabinetry and charcoal-colored counter tops. The master suite includes a Jacuzzi tub, three walk-in closets and a power shower. A 700-foot terrace offers the perfect place to enjoy the fine weather along with marvelous New York City views.
Views from the terrace
Expensively equipped kitchen
The Global Express XRSThe Global Express XRS Jet is one of the prized possessions of Oprah. She made an investment of $ 42 million and got this jet custom designed. The jet features seating for about 10 passengers, have leather interior and designer fixtures for the bathroom and galley. Oprah said that,”It’s great to have a private jet. Anyone that tells you that having your own private jet isn’t great is lying to you”.
ReadingShe definitely likes reading.Oprah is known for her library. Her library is 1,500 volumes strong, and luckily is still growing. This collection of hers includes first-edition Pulitzer Prize winners, Oprah's Book Club selections, and John Steinbeck's first novel, Cup of Gold. It also boasts the work of notable 19th- and 20th-century African-American writers including Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and Sojourner Truth—coalesce in this 12-volume collection published in 1996. A golden portrait of each author is rendered on the spines.
Volkswagen Beetle is the car Oprah Winfrey prefers over others. She featured the car twice in her Oprah Winfrey Favorite Things show and also gifted each of the audience member with a brand new Beetle, both the times.
AntiguaOprah Winfrey loves to enjoy the peace of the Caribbeans. This is her top most preference whenever she tends to relax. She can’t resist the peace and tranquility under the huge palm trees in the washed crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean beaches. She feels truly relaxed and tension free when she is here.
HawaaiHawaii is another big hit with many of the celebs who want to spend some time out with their friends and family. Oprah is no exception. She even owns a magnificent beach house in Maui, Hawaii with a full fledged library of 1500 books to keep her busy.
The “Bahamas islands” are a favorite holiday hotspot for Oprah as she often visits the super-exclusive Ocean Club resort in the heavenly island gateway. Her most often visited resort features super luxurious amenities making it an ideal vacation destination.
Location: The gorgeous island chain is located in Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean.
Main attraction: The Bahamas islands are a splendid destination for holidays. The majestic islands provide a wonderful blend of historic charm and ecological wonders. The loveliness of the beautiful islands includes its beautiful quiet beaches with fine sand, unique species of flowers and underwater limestone cave systems. Boutique shopping, nature hiking, Bone fishing adventures, shopping and spa healing offer discovering something exciting every day. Clear fresh water offers several fun activities like fishing, water sports, boating and underwater diving. Oprah’s frequently visited resort offers lavish facilities like beachfront massages, outdoor waterfalls and open air Jacuzzis.
Oprah's Angel Network
"The Oprah's Angel Network is a charity initiated by Oprah in the year 1988. This works for supporting the charitable projects and even provides grants to the nonprofit organizations around the world. This network approximately $80,000,000. Oprah devotion for the charity work is truly depicted from the fact that she personally covered all administrative costs associated with the charity. Her show contributed to raise money through promotion of her public charity and she personally donated more of her own money to charity. She has been repeatedly ranked as the most philanthropic celebrity. Her contribution extends even to the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She created the Oprah Angel Network Katrina registry which raised more than $11 million for relief efforts and she personally gave $10 million to the cause. Winfrey has also helped 250 African-American men continue or complete their education at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Winfrey was the recipient of the first Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 2002 Emmy Awards for services to television and film. "
Back From the Field (Painting)
Another painting that is a part of Winfrey's extensive collection is the Thomas Hart Benton's famous 1945 painting, Back from the Fields, which hangs above the mantel in her private library.
Standing Woman with a Pleated Skirt
Winfrey owns the marvelous 1926 sculpture "Standing Woman with Pleated Skirt," by French-American artist Gaston Lachaise. She has set it inside her library on her study table.
Paintings by Harry Roseland
Winfrey has stated that her favorite painting in her personal collection is Roseland's 1904 work, To the Highest Bidder. The painting, depicts a pre-Civil War scene, where a mother and daughter are about to be separated by a slave auction. Her collection also includes other works of Harry Roseland like Rent day and The Writing Lesson.
Paintings by Harry Roseland
Woman with Mandolin (Painting)
Oprah has adored the walls of her Santa Barbara home with a painting by Eugene A. Montgomery, which she got from the Richard Norton Gallery.
The Waterboy (Painting)
Oprah Winfrey owns a 1946 masterpiece by the famous American painter Thomas Hart Benton
Oprah has been spotted wearing Zac Posen clothes many times.
Opera Winery is often seen with her iPad and last year her iPad got wings. Yes, her Apple gadget dropped down for the ceiling with fairy wings and background music. It is also said that her iPad is one of her favorite possessions