Best known as the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah Winfrey is one of the most charitable media executive, actress, and philanthropist. Also known as the “Queen of All Media”, Oprah was the richest Afro-American of the 20th century.
She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The 65-year old talk show host was also ranked as the most influential woman in the world.
By 19, she worked as a co-anchor for the local evening news. After boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show WLS-TV to first place, Oprah launched her own production company and immediately became internationally syndicated.
She launched her own show The Oprah Winfrey Show, simply known as Oprah on 8th September 1986. The show aired for 25 seasons until 25th May 2011 and remains the highest-rated daytime talk show in American television history.
Born and raised in poverty, Oprah became pregnant at 14: her son was born prematurely and died in infancy. Oprah grew passionate about helping others after what she went through as a child and a mother.
Know About Oprah Winfrey’s Most Notable Charity Works
According to the National Philanthropy group, Oprah is one of the most giving people across the globe. Most of the fund comes from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, a charitable organization she founded back in 1987.
Through her foundation, she has donated millions of dollars to various causes close to her heart. Oprah Foundation focuses on programs for women, education, and children across the nation. In 2006, $36 million was added to the Foundation by Winfrey from her own money.
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In 2009, Oprah donated a massive jaw-dropping amount of $50 million nearly 20% of her $275 million she earned that year to charities (majority) to her twin foundations, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and Oprah’s Angel Network.
Her donation helped support programs from $450,000 to rebuilt areas hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to a $750,000 school-building project in South Africa.
In a similar way, while visiting Atlanta during the opening of Tyler Perry Studios, Winfrey stopped by Morehouse College and gave a surprise announcement of donating $13 million to the school.
Prior to this, she also donated a large sum of money to the college 30 years back and $1 million to establish the Oprah Winfrey Endowed Scholarship Program.
Oprah also volunteered her time in other charities. One time she signed a wooden dog bone for auction that would benefit the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. She also gave 300 of her audience $1000 each to donate to a charity of their will.
Some of Her Other charitable foundations supported by Oprah are listed below:
- ALS Association
- Born This Way Foundation
- Clinton Foundation
- Free The Children
- Peace Over Violence
- Red Cross
- World Food Programme
- Worldwide Orphans Foundation
- United Cerebral Palsy
How Rich Is Queen Of All Media?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Oprah Winfrey is worth $3.5 billion as of November 2020. As per reports, she pockets a massive bulk of $300 million per year.
Here is a list of her net worth throughout the year:
- 1989- $1 million
- 1990- $100 million
- 1995- $500 million
- 2000- $1 billion
- 2007- $2 billion
- 2014- $3 billion
She owns a 43-acre estate on Orcas Island in Washington State which is worth $8.275. She purchased the property in 2018. Her total assets including her extravagant houses and lavish cars cost more than $500 million.