Quick Facts of

  • First NameOprah Winfrey
  • Net Worth$2.8 Billion
  • Careerbusiness

Oprah Winfrey’s Early Years 

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S. She was born to Vernita Lee, a teenage mother. Lee also had a son named Jeffrey Lee and a daughter who she gave up for adoption.  

During her childhood, she was sexually abused by her friends and relatives. Due to this, she became pregnant at the tender age of 14. She gave birth to a son, Canaan, in 1968, who was born prematurely and died after birth. 

After all of this trauma, she went to live with Vernon Winfrey, who, although her birth father has never been confirmed, is called father by Oprah.

Start Of Career In Anchoring And Hosting

To escape from all of this, she joined a radio station at her university, Tennessee State University, aged 19, where her talents got her transferred from the evening spot to the daytime news TV. 

Her influence started increasing from this age, and by 1976 she already had her own TV show People Are Talking. Then she was recruited by the show A.M. Chicago.

Winfrey’s personal style is accredited to her success only skyrocketed after launching The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986.

By the end of the first year of the show, she earned $30 million from the show, which grossed over $125 million.  

How Much Is Oprah Winfrey’s Net Worth

As of February 2020, Oprah Winfrey is worth $2.8 Billion. She is the richest African-American of the 20th century and is the first black multi-billionaire of North America. In 2019 she was worth a bit less at $2.5 Billion.

A table of her fortune over the years is given below

Net WorthYear
$2.4 Billion2010
$2.8 Billion2011
$2.7 Billion2012
$2.9 billion2013
$2.8 Billion2014
$4.02 billion2018 (According to CNBC while other sources claim she was worth less than $3 billion in 2018)
$2.8 Billion2019

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Income Sources, Assets And Charity

Similarly, her salary is also in the hundreds of millions every year. A list of her earnings throughout the years is given in the table below:

2001$160 Million
2002$160 Million
2003$185 Million
2004$210 Million
2005$225 Million
2006$225 Million
2007$260 Million
2008$275 Million
2009$275 Million
2011$290 Million
2012$165 Million
2013$77 Million
2014$82 Million

From a stellar career and legendary reputation, she has earned a whopping salary throughout her career.

The star also owns a lot of expensive things, such as a $70 million private jet and a garage full of expensive cars. Additionally, she has also given away more than 300 cars.  

The ‘Queen of All Media’ also owns one of the most expensive houses and properties in the world, including the $165-million mansion.  

Winfrey’s philanthropy is as famous as her personality, and she is one of the most charitable human beings on the earth. As a matter of fact, she donated more than $41 million via her foundation, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, to needy women and children.  

Unique Views On Taxes

Most people wouldn’t like to give away their wealth to the government or to charity, but Winfrey has a different view on estate taxes and death taxes.

In an interview, she expressed her disapproval of the fact that 55% of her estate would go to the government after she died. The media mogul said that she would rather give that wealth to charity than to the government.

She has also stated

The most pain I feel — my accountants will tell you this — every time I write a check to the IRS. It’s a ceremony. They come in — for years they came in with wine — now they come in with tequila

28 Year Engagement With Stedman Graham

Oprah Winfrey has never been married but got engaged to Stedman Graham in November 1992 after dating him for around six years. 

The pair have been together for a total of more than three decades but are yet to tie the knot. She has stated that part of the reason their relationship has lasted so long is that they both understand how much they have to be dedicated to their careers.

Before Graham, she dated other guys, including a married man that was unwilling to leave his family for her. According to Oprah, she felt worthless after he refused to be with her instead of his family.

Due to this, she became so depressed that she wrote a suicide note and sent it to her best friend, Gayle King.

Why Does Winfrey Not Want A Husband?

Oprah Winfrey has never been married and doesn’t have a husband. Similarly, she also doesn’t have any biological children.

Winfrey has said that it is a good thing that she is not married as she is not willing to make the day to day sacrifices to make a marriage work.