Oprah Winfrey is the world’s first African-American multi-billionaire and is best known for hosting her own show The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 seasons. In 1971, Oprah attended Tennessee State University where she began studying radio and television broadcasting. Five years later, Oprah moved to Baltimore, Maryland where she took the position to be a host for talk show titled People Are Talking. After spending eight years with this television talk show she was offered a job to host her own radio talk show in Chicago, Illinois. The successful young Oprah even landed a role in The Color Purple in 1985 due to her warm personality that captured the attention of audiences everywhere.
In 1986, Oprah launched her new show The Oprah Winfrey Show on ABC Network, which grossed an outstanding amount of 10 million viewers and $125 million by the end of the first year. Even with the success of this show, Oprah wanted to find ways to make her show different from other daytime talk shows and launched Oprah’s Book Club as a way to review different books and movies. Audiences were excited to hear her opinion on new books and movies that were out, and she even propelled many unknown authors to the top of bestseller lists. As Oprah ended her contract with ABC Network in 2011, she moved to own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which now holds 30 or more shows.
Through the years she has proven herself to be a well-rounded entrepreneur, actress, producer, talk show host, and philanthropist. She is an icon as the first African-American television talk show host and an innovator. She has inspired millions across the globe, and has paved the way for other individuals to also become successful.