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Oprah Winfrey Bio, Age, Parents, Relationship, Career, Net Worth, Latest News, and More

Oprah Winfrey is a prominent American figure known for her roles as a talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and media proprietor. Her renowned talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, was based in Chicago and enjoyed a 25-year run in national syndication from 1986 to 2011.


Age- 69 years

Height-1.69 m

Weight- 68 kg

Born-29 January 1954

Birthplace-Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States

Spouse- Stedman Graham (1986–)

Profession-American host and television producer

Nationality- American


Oprah Winfrey’s parents are Vernon Winfrey and Vernita Lee. They never married, and Oprah’s mother, Vernita Lee, worked as a housemaid. Oprah’s father, Vernon Winfrey, had a diverse career path, transitioning from being a coal miner to a barber and eventually becoming a city councilman. Additionally, Vernon Winfrey served in the Armed Forces at the time of Oprah’s birth. In her family, Lee gave birth to another daughter, Oprah Winfrey’s younger half-sister, Patricia. Unfortunately, Patricia passed away in February 2003 at the age of 43 due to causes related to cocaine addiction.


Oprah Winfrey has been in a relationship with Stedman Graham for more than 35 years. They initially crossed paths at a charity event in 1986, coinciding with the premiere year of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Oprah Winfrey husband


Oprah Winfrey’s early life was marked by poverty in rural Mississippi, raised by a single teenage mother and later relocating to inner-city Milwaukee. She faced challenges such as childhood molestation and an early pregnancy, resulting in the premature death of her infant son at the age of 14. Subsequently, she moved to Nashville to live with Vernon Winfrey, whom she considers her father, a barber. While still in high school, Oprah secured a job in radio and, by the age of 19, became a co-anchor for the local evening news.

Her compelling and spontaneous delivery style eventually led Oprah to transition to the daytime talk show realm. After elevating a previously third-rated Chicago talk show to the top spot, she established her own production company. In the mid-1990s, Oprah revamped her show, focusing on literature, self-improvement, mindfulness, and spirituality. Despite criticism for fostering a culture of confession and endorsing controversial self-help concepts, she earned praise for her resilience and philanthropy.

Oprah’s impact extended beyond media, making her a significant political influencer during the 2008 presidential race through her endorsement of Barack Obama. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. In 2008, she launched her network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Recognized for transforming media communication into a more intimate and confessional format, Oprah revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre. Her accomplishments include induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1994 and numerous awards, such as 18 Daytime Emmy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, a Peabody Award, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In 2021, Oprah was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

CNN and TIME have described Oprah Winfrey as “arguably the world’s most powerful woman.” The American Spectator labeled her “arguably the most influential woman in the world.” Additionally, TIME recognized her as “one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th Century” and listed her as “one of the most influential people” from 2004 to 2011. Notably, Oprah holds the unique distinction of being the only individual to appear on the latter list for ten consecutive occasions.

Oprah Winfrey career

Wealth and Influence

Oprah Winfrey secured ownership rights to her television program and established her own production company. At 41, her net worth reached $340 million, making her the sole African American on the Forbes 400 list, succeeding Bill Cosby. By 2000, her net worth soared to $800 million, establishing her as the wealthiest African American of the 20th century. Recognizing her business acumen, the University of Illinois even offered a course titled “History 298: Oprah Winfrey, the Tycoon.”

In 2006, Winfrey became the highest-paid television entertainer in the U.S., earning an estimated $260 million, five times more than the second-highest earner, Simon Cowell. Her annual income continued to rise, reaching $275 million by 2008. Forbes listed Winfrey as the world’s only black billionaire from 2004 to 2006 and the first black woman billionaire in 2003. As of 2014, her net worth exceeded $2.9 billion, surpassing former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and solidifying her as the richest self-made woman in America.

Net Worth 2024

As of 2024, Oprah Winfrey’s net worth is reported to be 280 crores USD.

Latest News about Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Radiates Regality in Purple Ensemble at the 2024 Golden Globes

Maintaining her streak of purple style, the 69-year-old entertainment queen exuded regality at the 2024 Golden Globes on Sunday, adorned in a striking custom Louis Vuitton purple dress and coordinated shoes. The ensemble paid a heartfelt tribute to “The Color Purple,” a film she co-produced.

Oprah Winfrey Radiates Regality in Purple Ensemble at the 2024 Golden Globes

In attendance to support the movie, with nominations for Fantasia Barrino (Celie) and Danielle Brooks (Sofia), Winfrey also took the stage for a presentation. Throughout the promotion of “The Color Purple,” Winfrey has consistently showcased an array of purple looks, playfully remarking to PEOPLE during the press tour, “I’m doing for purple what Barbie did for pink!”

For the Los Angeles premiere on Dec. 6, she donned a bespoke silk jersey gown by Dolce & Gabbana, featuring a square neckline, a sweeping train, and a stylish slit. Completing the look, she accessorized with a dazzling purple clutch, ring, and shoes.

Addressing her trimmer physique on the red carpet, Winfrey shared with Entertainment Tonight, “It’s not one thing, it’s everything,” during the interview at the time.

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