Oprah Winfrey business ventures include media, non-profit, and food industries. But America’s favorite talk show host, media mogul, and philanthropist started from very humble beginnings.
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) founder overcame horrific childhood abuse to become a beacon of light for many across the globe. How did she do it?
Stedman Graham’s partner started her career on TV with a modest hosting spot in the early 1980’s. But it didn’t take long for her star to shine, and a meteoric rise to daytime television superstar.
Her charisma and charm came through whether she was interviewing basketball icon Michael Jordan or Malcolm Gladwell, one of Time’s 100 most influential people. But that was just the beginning.
Oprah’s popular show ran from 1986-2011. During those 25 seasons, she won several Daytime Emmy, NAACP Image, and People’s Choice Awards.
As a result of her television success, Ms. Daytime Emmy Award winner ventured into the corporate world. Taking on the heavy hitters of cable head on.
So, how did the philanthropist succeed with such a monumental goal? She stayed positive, accountable, and worked nonstop. You cannot blame your parents, friends, or relatives if you come up short in life.
The talented actress knew that once you take complete responsibility for your actions, you’ll find freedom and confidence. So rather than blaming others, always take ownership where it is due and move forward. But that was just the beginning of her entrepreneurial journey.
Next, the media boss invested in the popular Weight Watchers company. This investment has grown by more 10X.
She has invested again in the healthy eating arena via True Food Kitchen. The well-liked eatery is poised to also have positive returns. Ms. Winfrey believes that to start any journey you need to understand what you want.
Motivational quotes are just another great thing this star is known for. For example, her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa has had a tremendous impact on young women there and thousands of miles away.
Another word of advice from the famous talk host would be to think for yourself and respect who you are. With reverence comes acceptance and love.
The megastar’s empire also includes Oprah’s Angel Network. Yet another way Ms. O makes a difference in the lives of others.
Her charity was formed to get other celebrities and successful entrepreneurs to give back. Want to be like this icon? Start a new biz, teach your skill to others, or just donate time.
Clearly, the first African American female to reach billionaire status has influenced tens of thousands around the world. Her firm belief in the power of self, and the purity of the soul, has been her greatest motivator and asset.