Black History Facts- Oprah Winfrey (Media Mogul/Philanthropist)

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Oprah Winfrey (1954)

This Black History Month fact is in honor of the one & only Oprah Winfrey who rose from humble beginnings to becoming a media mogul, actress, philanthropist and one of the U.S first black billionaires. Oprah was born in 1954 and lived in poverty in rural Mississippi. She overcame much adversity at a young age including sexual abuse. She later relocated to Milwaukee where she lived during her teen years and graduated High School. The next phase of Winfrey's life took place after she moved yet again this time to Tennessee to live with her father. While living there she attended TSU and by By 19, she was a co-anchor for the local evening news.19, she was a co-anchor for the local evening news. This later lead to an opportunity in Chicago to host her own day time talk show. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" would grow into a huge success and run from 1986-2011. In 2007 she opened an all girl school in South Africa and the following year expanding her media empire by creating her own TV network (OWN). She has co starred in many hit films such as "The Color Purple" and "Beloved" her net worth is currently around 2.6 billion

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