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Oprah Winfrey Net Worth: Career & Charities

According to Forbes, the host of the famous show The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah Winfrey, who is ranked 1174 as a billionaire, has a total net worth of $2.7 billion as of May, 2024.

Oprah Gail Winfrey was born to an unmarried teenage mother, Vernita Lee, in  Kosciusko, Mississippi, on January 29, 1954.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey (Source: commons.wikimedia.org)

Her biological father has been usually noted to be Vernon Winfrey but Mississippi farmer and World War II veteran Noah Robinson Sr. also claims to be her father.

Oprah is most notably known for her television show The Oprah Winfrey Show (OWN).

Quick Facts

Net Worth $2.7 Billion
Residence Montecito, California
Religion Raised a Baptist (as of present, not identified herself as a religious practitioner)
Age 70 Years Old
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
Education Tennessee State University (Studied Communication)
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Father’s Name Unknown (biological father is usually noted to be Vernon Winfrey, but Mississippi farmer and World War II veteran Noah Robinson Sr. also claims to be her father.)
Mother’s Name Vernita Lee
Height 1.69 m, 5 ft 7 inches
Weight 143 pounds (65 kg)
Hair Color Dark Brown
Hair Length Medium
Eye Color Dark Brown
Feet Size 10.5 (US size)
Sexual Orientation Straight
Tattoo Yes
Siblings 1 Half-brother (Jeffery; died in 1989), 2 Half-sisters (Both named Patricia; first one died in 2003)
Partner Stedman Graham (1986-present)
Children Canaan (born 1968; died 1968)
Nickname ‘The Preacher’
Profession Talk show host, Television producer, Author, Actress, & Philanthropist.
Movies You can find Oprah Winfrey’s movie lists here.
TV appearances  The Oprah Winfrey Show (most notable), including other minor appearances
Active since 1973
Political Belief Apolitical, but endorsed Barack Obama during the presidential campaign.
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Website The Oprah Winfrey Show (OWN)
Last Update May, 2024

Oprah Winfrey Net Worth and Income

Known as the most influential woman of the 20th century, Oprah Gail Winfrey has amassed over $2.7 billion worth of wealth as of May, 2024.

Her primary source of income is her very own television show, The Oprah Winfrey Show (OWN).

Apart from the show, she earns from various other sources.

She has also appeared in various movies as an actress.

Her earnings also come in the form of royalties she earns from over 13 books that she has authored.

As per Networthbro, she earns an annual salary of $315 million dollars from her career as a media personality.

Net Worth of Oprah Winfrey in Different Currencies

Oprah Winfrey’s net worth in different currencies & bitcoin is tabulated as follows:

Currency Net Worth
Euro 2,289,370,500
Pound Sterling £ 1,949,980,500
Australian Dollar A$ 3,619,012,500
Canadian Dollar C$ 3,375,715,500
Indian Rupee 201,293,100,000
BitCoin ฿ 84,617

Oprah Winfrey Houses, Cars & Private Jet

Houses

The Queen of media and the most influential woman of the 20th century not only has one but at least eight houses to her name.

She owns multiple homes in Montecito, California, and Maui, Hawaii.

She also recently bought a real estate expanding over 43 acres on Orcas Island in the United States Pacific Northwest.

Oprah bought the Orcas Island property for the reported price of $8.28 million.

So, where does Oprah reside now?

Oprah currently resides in a 20,424 square foot mansion that was built within a 40-acre of land in Montecito, California.

She bought the home for a whopping $50 million in 2001. As of now, the property is valued at over $100 million.

The house is named The Promised Land and consists of 6-bedrooms, 14-bathrooms, ten fireplaces, a great kitchen, two home theaters, a large guest house, a teahouse, & a tennis court.

Promised-Land
Oprah Winfrey’s Montecito Mansion (Source: www.velvetropes.com)

In 2015, the television personality bought a super high-tech ski chalet in the mountain village of Telluride, Colorado.

She purchased the property for $14 million just months after selling her previous Chicago Water Tower Place Complex for $4.625 million.

 Hawaii-Farmhouse
Oprah Winfrey’s Farmhouse in Maui, Hawaii (Source: www.velvetropes.com)

Oprah Winfrey also owns a farmhouse in Maui, Hawaii, where she goes via her private jet. It is a magnificent mansion covering 163 acres of total land area.

Cars

Winfrey is known to have at least four different cars.

She might own other vehicles too, but given her relatively private personal life, much is not known.

Oprah bought a brand new Tesla Model S in 2015 for around $70,000 to $100,000.

She also posted the picture of the car along with herself on Instagram.

The car can reach the speed of 60 miles per hour in just 2.3 seconds & needs to be recharged after traveling every 348 miles.

Oprah Winfrey Tesla-model-S
Tesla Model S (Source: Wikipedia)

The next car Oprah owns is Cadillac Escalade.

The vehicle has a current market value of $70,000. The Luxury High-power SUV can reach 60 miles per hour in less than 6 seconds.

Oprah also bought a not-so-sporty Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe, which sells at around $60,000 as of 2021.

The car basically reaches from 0 to 60 miles in just 7.2 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz E-class-Coupe
Mercedes Benz E Class Coupe (Source: Wikimedia)

The next car to make to her list is the Lincoln Navigator.

The powerful 4 wheel drive luxury vehicle costs around $75,000.

She once owned a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing with vertically opening doors.

Oprah decided to sell the car in 2014 through auction & bagged $605,000 for the car for some unknown reasons.

Private Jet

Oprah Winfrey has owned a private jet, Global Express XRS, since 1991.

Global-Express-XRS
Oprah Winfrey Private Jet Global Express XRS (Source: Wikimedia)

The private jet has a spacious all-leather interior decoration & can house between 8 to 14 passengers at a time.

Oprah Winfrey Lifestyle and Vacation

Lifestyle

There are several perks of being a billionaire. You get to experience a pretty lavish lifestyle.

The same is the case with our star, Oprah Winfrey.

Whenever she is in her vacation home in Maui, she likes to grow her own food rather than purchase it.

Since Hawaii imports over 90 percent of the food, she feels it in her best interest to grow her food by herself.

In 1991, she bought herself a private jet for the price of $25 million ever since she has been living a great life.

Her Hawaii property is indeed brilliant since it boasts a total land area of 163 acres and has a stunning view of the ocean.

She even hired designers to work on her vacation home as per her customization.

For her Montecito home, she had a rose genetically engineered just for decoration purposes.

Oprah has her private teahouse in the backyard of the extravagant property.

Being a proud owner of a private jet, Oprah gets food delivered to her even if the restaurant is on the other side of the country. Such is her wealthy lifestyle.

Vacation

Oprah Winfrey does know how to enjoy a vacation. She has been to different destinations for her holidays.

In 2006, she & Gayle King went on an 11-day cross-country trip from Santa Barbara to New York City.

During the tour, they made their way through Kansas & also crashed a wedding in Oklahoma.

Similarly, in 2010, the duo ladies organized a glamping adventure.

They even invited the then-first lady, Michelle Obama, along with them for the experience, but Michelle hesitantly declined it.

In 2014, Oprah, Gayle & Gayle’s daughter Kirby went on a trip to Italy.

They went to Umbria, where they ended up picking over 15 pounds of truffle along with a family that invited them on this journey.

She & Gayle were also seen clubbing in Ibiza in 2015 with other celebrities, including the will.i.am.

Oprah has a private jet of her own which makes it really easy for her to travel worldwide for her vacation.

She might have been on many holidays till now, but the ones that are known are mentioned above.

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Oprah Winfrey Charity

Winfrey has a foundation named Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation, whose main motive is to provide education to the needy.

Similarly, the foundation also overlooks the Community Outreach by helping with Food Insecurity and Care & Recovery for people struggling with inadequate healthcare & shelter.

Since its initiation, the OWCF has over $400 million donated to various causes, 72000 people educated & 75 million meals served.

Apart from this, Oprah has also been involved in various other charitable works.

Oprah’s Angel Network is one of them.

Oprah established the foundation in 1998, & in its initial ask, it raised $3.5 million, which was given away in the form of 150 US$25,000 scholarships.

Her other charitable works also include the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship, The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation, Free The Children Organization, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Movies, TV appearances, Production, & Book Publications

Movies

Oprah Winfrey is known mainly for her television show, The Oprah Winfrey Show& her various charities.

But she is not constrained within that boundary alone. She has also acted in multiple movies as an actress.

She has appeared in at least 15 movies, including dramas & animation movies.

Her most notable movies are Native Son, The Color Purple, Beloved, A Wrinkle in Time, & many more.

TV appearances

The Preacher has a long list of television appearances to her name.

She started her media journey as the youngest & the first-ever black female news anchor at Nashville’s WLAC-TV (WTVF-TV at present).

In 1976, she co-anchored the six o’clock news for Baltimore’s WJZ-TV.

In 1978, she was recruited to join Richard Sher as a co-host of the WJZ’s talk show People Are Talking.

At the time, she also hosted the local version of  Dialing for Dollars.

Oprah relocated to Chicago in 1983 to host WLS-TV‘s show AM Chicago.

She then went on to host her famous The Oprah Winfrey Show, which broadcasted nationwide on September 8, 1986.

Oprah also guest-starred in various other television programs.

She has interviewed some very famous personalities, including the late Michael Jackson, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, & her husband, Prince Harry.

Production

Not only as an actress or a television program host, but Oprah has also worked in producing tons of movies & television shows.

She is the producer of her show The Oprah Winfrey Show. Apart from this, she has worked as a producer or an executive producer for different shows.

Some of them include The Women of Brewster Place, Beloved, The Dr. Oz Show, Your OWN Show, & many more.

Book Publications

As an author, Oprah Winfrey has written & co-authored around 13 books until now.

Some of her famous books include What I Know For Sure, The Wisdom of Sundays, Make the Connection: Ten Steps to a Better Body and a Better Life, & others.

Oprah Winfrey Career

Oprah was born to an unmarried mother and had a rather difficult childhood.

She lived with her grandmother and could not even afford a decent piece of clothing.

She used to roam around wearing clothes made from potato sacks.

Oprah started her media career in 1973 & has been active ever since.

She worked in a wide variety of television shows ranging from news anchors to program hosts.

But she rose to fame from her show, The Oprah Winfrey Showwhich started its broadcasting in 1986.

Besides television, she also expanded her career towards movies working as an actress & producer.

Also, she authored & co-authored several books.

Her life struggles have helped her become one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century.

She is also listed in the Forbes World’s Billionaires List.

Facts about Oprah Winfrey

  • The facts about Oprah Winfrey’s birth father are still unknown. Vernon Winfrey & Mississippi farmer, and World War II veteran Noah Robinson Sr. are the two people who have claimed to be her father.
  • Her name was actually spelled Orpah after a biblical figure from the Book of Ruth, but the people kept mispronouncing it & ultimately, she ended up with the name “Oprah.”
  • At the age of 14, she was pregnant with a child who ultimately died due to premature birth.

FAQs

Does Oprah Winfrey own any business?

Yes, Oprah founded an American Multimedia Production Company named Harpo Production in 1986.

The production house has produced famous talk shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, & The Nate Berkus Show.

Is Oprah Winfrey married?

No. Although she has been in a relationship with her partner Stedman Graham since 1986, the two have not married officially.

Is Oprah Winfrey the first black billionaire?

Oprah Winfrey is the first black female billionaire who crossed her net worth of $1 billion in 2003.

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