Oprah Winfrey Net Worth
Oprah Winfrey is a well-known talk show host, comedian, and former actress from the United States. She is a female African American and has made most of her wealth from her TV shows that have created a unique niche area in the humanities and popular culture. She is worth around $3 billion.
Winfrey’s first name was spelled “Orpah” on her birth certificate after the biblical figure in
the Book of Ruth, but people mispronounced it regularly and “Oprah” stuck. She was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to an unmarried teenage mother. She later said that her conception was due to a single sexual encounter and the couple broke up not long after. Her mother, Vernita Lee (born c. 1935), was a housemaid. Winfrey’s biological father is usually noted as Vernon Winfrey (born c. 1933), a coal miner turned barber turned city councilman who had been in the Armed Forces when she was born. However, Mississippi farmer and World War II veteran Noah Robinson Sr., (born c. 1925) has claimed to be her biological father.
A genetic test in 2006 determined that her matrilineal line originated among the Kpelle ethnic group, in the area that today is Liberia. Her genetic makeup was determined to be 89% Sub-Saharan African, 8% Native American, and 3% East Asian. However, the East Asian markers may, given the imprecision of genetic testing, actually be Native American.
After Winfrey’s birth, her mother traveled north and Winfrey spent her first six years living in rural poverty with her maternal grandmother, Hattie Mae (Presley) Lee (April 15, 1900 – February 27, 1963), who was so poor that Winfrey often wore dresses made of potato sacks, for which the local children made fun of her. Her grandmother taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed “The Preacher” for her ability to recite Bible verses. When Winfrey was a child, her grandmother would hit her with a stick when she did not do chores or if she misbehaved in any way.
At age six, Winfrey moved to an inner-city neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her mother, who was less supportive and encouraging than her grandmother had been, largely as a result of the long hours she worked as a maid. Around this time, Lee had given birth to another daughter, Winfrey’s younger half-sister, Patricia who later (in February 2003, at age 43) died of causes related to cocaine addiction.
Oprah Winfrey Bio Info
Full name: Orpah Gail Winfrey
Born: 29 January 1954 (age 64 years), Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
Children: Canaan (born c. 1968, died c. 1968)
Partner: Stedman Graham (1986–)
Alma mater: Tennessee State University
Oprah Winfrey Quotes
- Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey
- Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. – Oprah Winfrey
- Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. – Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey Videos on YouTube
Here’s a YouTube video on Oprah Winfrey’s life and career.
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