Today, one of the most popular talk show in the world is The Oprah Winfrey Show and the person behind this highly successful show is none other than Oprah Winfrey.
The billionaire Oprah Winfrey is well-known for hosting her internationally famous talk show from 1986 to 2011.
She was born on January 29th, 1954, in rural Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a single mother, and housemaid. Oprah spent her first 6 years with her maternal grandmother. The upbringing of Oprah was very tough, and she lived in poverty. She was abused at the hands of a family friend and relatives.
Despite these hardships, Oprah was a good student and intelligent and became an honor student at the East Nashville High School. She got a full scholarship and proceeded to study communication. Her presence in the media started at a radio station WVOL.
She is also a philanthropist, an actress, producer, talk-show host, author, news anchor, and a businesswoman. The list of Oprah’s achievements is endless. She seems to excel at whatever she sets her mind to.
Whether you have been a big fan since her humble or only caught a couple of episodes of her own show while folding laundry, the name “Oprah Winfrey” seems synonymous with the word “inspirational.”
Currently, Oprah Winfrey is one of the most respected and inspirational women in the world. Undoubtedly, this woman so eloquent. Her favorite things are highly respected, and many people admire her perspective in nearly any given situation.
She’s ranked as the richest African-American of the twentieth century, and her net worth is estimated to be more than $2 billion. Also, she is the first African-American woman billionaire in the world’s history.
That is not too bad for a woman who started from a humble beginning; so poor that she did get her first pair of shoes at the age of six. Here are more interesting facts you might not know about Oprah Winfrey:
1. It is a Biblical Thing
The real name of Oprah is “Orpah.” Winfrey was named “Orpah” after the biblical figure in the Book of Ruth, but people mispronounced it regularly and “Oprah” stuck. According to the Jewish tradition, Biblical “Orpah” gave birth to 4 Philistine giants.
Goliath was one of those giants. He’s famous for being killed by a shepherd boy with a sling. The rest of the army was very scared to step up to the plate. Oprah Winfrey may not have given birth to giants, but this woman has certainly become one of the most respected and inspirational giants in her own right.
2. Two Days after Kindergarten
Two days after kindergarten, Oprah wrote to her teacher saying she didn’t belong to that grade because she knows several big words. The teacher accepted and transferred her to first grade.
3. She Keeps a Diary
Oprah has been keeping a diary of all daily events in her life since the age of 15. For her, it is a way to remain grounded and to ensure that she is always moving forward on the journey of life.
To Oprah, there are specific things which people should always do only because it’s the right thing to do. A good example of this is the fact she did ask permission from the wife of Forest Whittaker so that the two could plan for a movie about to be filmed
4. Oprah Winfrey: United States Senator?
Oprah Winfrey campaigned heavily for President Obama in 2007. Often, she has been praised for being one of the key reasons behind the historic election of Barack Obama.
The influence which she had on Obama’s campaign was enormous. In fact, Illinois’s Governor highly considered giving Oprah a chance to fill Obama’s vacant Senate seat.
5. It’s a Lifetime Achievement
Oprah won an Emmy award for her TV show in 1998. They offered her a lifetime achievement award. This was one of the best moments of her life. After the award, she chose to withdraw herself and her show from any future consideration for Emmy awards.
The reason she gave for this major decision? Oprah did not feel it was right to get more awards after she was given an award for her lifetime accomplishments.
6. Giving Back To The Society
In 1998, she established the Oprah’s Angel Network, a charity which supported numerous charitable projects and provided grants to non-profit organizations in various parts of the world. The organization raised over $80,000,000. Oprah personally took care of all administrative costs linked to the charity, so that full amounts of all funds raised went to the charity programs.
Oprah Winfrey has inspired many to chase their dreams. Her message is simple: work hard, be authentic, and you can do anything.