Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host, actress, producer and greatest black philanthropist in America’s history. She is most popularly known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a billionaire, North America’s first ever. She has won numerous accolades such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which she was awarded by President Barrack Obama, honorary degrees from Duke and Harvard.
Life before the fame
Winfrey was not always rich in fact she was born into poverty in Rural Mississippi. Her mother was a maid and used to work for long hours and so she had to leave her with her maternal grandmother. Her life wasn’t as easy when she was growing up as she was molested and abused. She ran away from home after years of abuse and she later got pregnant at the age of 14 years, her son later died in infancy.
She was a typical teenager, she loved to go out and hang with her peers and since she didn’t have money at the time, she used to steal money from her mother in an effort to enjoy the lifestyle she wanted at the time.
Her first job as a teenager was at a local grocery store. She later on went to work part time in radio station while she was still in high school and began Co-anchoring the local evening news by the time she was only 19 years of age. She helped improve the ratings on the show until it got from third to first place. Later on, she decided to launch her own production company which became internationally syndicated.
She was the youngest news anchor and the first black female news anchor. In early 1989 Oprah produced and co-hosted a drama series named the women of Brewster place.
She has written five books and publishes magazines. She grew from very humble beginnings and went ahead to create an empire for herself.