Oprah Winfrey Net Worth

Oprah Winfrey overcame poverty, abuse, and prejudice to become famous. Her birthday is January 29. No typo. Her name, “Orpah,” was a reference to Ruth. Mispronunciations of “Oprah” as a baby stuck. Born in Mississippi’s Kosciusko.

She studied communication at Tennessee State University. Oprah quit school at 19 to pursue a media career.Oprah was WLAC-first TV’s black female anchor. The station’s youngest anchor. At 22, she was hired by WJZ in Baltimore to co-anchor the 6 p.m. news.

ABC granted Oprah a 30-minute morning talk show in Chicago in 1984. Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune were produced by King World. Four-year, $1 million contract. After inflation, $250k then is equivalent to $600k now.

Oprah became suspicious of the $1 million deal a few months after the first air date. Roger Ebert suggested Oprah meet his agent, Jeffrey Jacobs. Jeffrey represented Ebert, Siskel, and Bill Cosby.

She co-hosted People Are Talking in 1978. By 1980, she beat Phil Donahue in Baltimore. By the end of her Baltimore stint, she was earning $220,000 per year, or $560,000 now after inflation.