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Oprah Winfrey- Биография предпринимателя на английском.

Oprah Winfrey is known to be one of the most influential women in the world. Her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show is the highest-rated talk show in the history of television. She is ranked the richest African American of the 20th century.
Oprah was born to a poor teenage mother in rural Mississippi. She had a rough childhood and was raped since the age of 9 by her uncle, cousin and a family friend. She skipped 2 of her earliest grades but at 13 received a scholarship at the Nicolet High School. As a result of her molestation, Oprah fell pregnant at 14 and gave birth to a boy who died shortly after birth. Around this time she ran away from home and consequently had to go and live with her father. According to her he was a strict man and forced her to peruse her studies.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah's life took a turn for the best after moving in with her father and she excelled greatly at school. During her final years of high school, Oprah managed to get a scholarship to Tennessee State University where she studied communication. In this time she landed a job in radio and at the age of 19, co-anchored the local evening news.

In 1983, Oprah got a job as a host on a low-rated half-hour Chicago talk show. Within months, the show became the highest rated talk show in Chicago. 2 years later, it was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show and broadcast nationally. Her talk show was credited for its confessional nature which allowed people of all sorts, including gays to enter the mainstream. She soon moved her focus to literature and self-improvement. In 1993, her show captured one hundred million viewers during an interview with the famous Michael Jackson. This episode became the most watched event in television history as well as the most watched interview ever.

Adding to Oprah's fame was her role in the movie The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg. The film got her nominated for best supporting actress in 1986. She has also co-authored 5 books and her magazine, the Oprah Magazine has been named the most successful start-up ever in the industry by Fortune. She now has plans to take over the Discovery Health Channel in 2009 and turn it into OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah is considered a historical figure. Professor Juliet E.K. Walker of the University of Illinois has created a course in her name, "History 298: Oprah Winfrey, the Tycoon."

Oprah currently owns 7 high-end mansions in California, New Jersey, Chicago, Miami, Colorado, Hawaii and Antigua. She lives in her 42 acre California estate, outside of Santa Barbra. She was listed the only black billionaire in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Her net profit is estimated at over US$2.7 billion.



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