Oprah Gail Winfrey, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey, is an African-American actress, TV host, producer, and media proprietor best known for her self-titled talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. In the history of TV, it was the highest-rated show of its kind. She has been ranked as the most influential women in the world by numerous assessments and is the richest African-American and the first multi-billionaire black person of North America.
Oprah was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 by Barack Obama, and is given the title of 'Queen of All Media.' She has an estimated net worth of $2.8 billion as of 2018.
Here, we are going to share some information about the media queen's net worth, earnings, salary, and awards. Continue reading to find out more.
Oprah Winfrey net worth and earnings
Named world's most powerful celebrity by Forbes in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2013, Oprah Winfrey has an estimated net worth of $2.8 billion as of 2018. In 2017, she was named America's Richest Female Entertainers by Forbes with an estimated net worth of $3.1 billion in years 2016-2017.
Following her, in the second place, was singer Madonna with an estimated net worth of $580 million in 2016-2017. Likewise, Madonna was followed by Celine Dion with an estimated net worth of $400 million in the third place and Barbra Streisand with an estimated net worth of $390 million stood in the fourth place.
Moving to her earnings, a Twitter page called Mind Blowing tweeted that Oprah made $10 per second, $600 per minute and $36,000 per hour. Meaning her earning per day is $864,000, monthly earning is $25,920,000 and $311,040,000 per annum which is mind-boggling.
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Oprah Winfrey makes $10 per second, $600 per minute, $36,000 an hour, $864,000 a day, $25,920,000 a month and $311,040,000 a year!
— Mind Blowing (@TheMindBlowing) June 3, 2012
Likewise, in 2012, Forbes shared that Oprah took a pay cut of staggering $125 million which was a massive 43% drop from her 2011 earning of around $290 million. However, the site claimed that she still earned more than Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, who were at the peak of their career at the time.
It was also shared that Oprah didn't make any money from Oprah Winfrey Network because the network lost $330 million in 2011. Her major source of income is considered to be her spinoff shows like The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Phil and her O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine. She also earned a jaw-dropping sum through her radio sponsorship deal with Sirius.
Oprah also owns 10% stock of Weight Watchers and, according to sources, she made $300 million in 2015 through the stock.
Moving on to her property, Oprah’s Montecito, California, United States, estate has an estimated valuation of $52 million. It has a swimming pool, tennis court, home cinema and a lake within the premises. Similarly, she also has a house in Alpine, New Jersey, that is valued at $68 million. The amenities of the New Jersey property include a swimming pool, tennis court, home cinema, library and a ballroom.
Oprah also owns a Lincoln Navigator that has a starting price of $73,250. Her other cars include a Cadillac Escalade (starting price: $73, 995), a Chrysler 300C (price ranging from $36,500 to $42,000), a VW Beetle ($25,441) and a Bentley Continental GT ($196,225). However, the gem in the crown is Oprah’s Global Express XRS private jet plane. Manufactured by the Canadian aircraft company Bombardier, the private jet costs a whopping $42,000,000.
Oprah does not have children of her own. However, she does enjoy the company of her dogs whenever she is free. She has two golden retrievers, Luke and Layla; Sadie, a cocker spaniel; and two springer spaniels named Sunny and Lauren.
The self-made billionaire first made on the list back in 1995. She was listed in The Forbes 400 with a net worth of $340 million making her first African-American women in the list. And as of now, she has been listed in numerous lists and given titles like the first multi-billionaire black person of North America, the most influential women in the world and many others.
Oprah is a philanthropist and believes in giving others. The billionaire has donated millions of dollars to charity and recently in 2018, she donated a massive $500,000 to March For Our Lives.
George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 20, 2018
She is indeed an amazing person. Despite having billions of dollars with her, she is very humble and is all about helping others in need and making the world a better place.
Oprah Winfrey career and awards
Oprah was offered to work at local CBS TV station when she was just a teenager but turned down the offer three times. But at the age of 19, she took the offer but did not have a good experience working as a reporter.
Then she made her debut on TV as the host of the show named People are Talking, which ended up gaining excellent reviews and ratings. Later in 1981, she moved to Chicago and started hosting A.M. Chicago which was 4 years later named The Oprah Winfrey Show as it gained a tremendous boost in ratings.
Watch a glimpse of The Oprah Winfrey Show
She gained massive exposure through the show and made her debut as an actress in The Color Purple. She also appeared on sitcom series Ellen starring Ellen DeGeneres where she portrayed the role of Ellen's therapist. Oprah also has a big hand in helping Ellen come out as a gay even though she gained a lot of backlashes later on.
Watch Oprah on Ellen
In the 2000s she founded Oprah's Angel Network, O, the Oprah Magazine, Oprah Radio, and others and also appeared on numerous shows like Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen Show and many others.
And currently, she is one of the most influential, powerful, richest and strongest entertainers in the industry. Talking about Winfrey's award, she has been nominated for 67 awards to date out of which she has won 38.
Watch Oprah on Jimmy Kimmel Live
She has won an Academy Award, 18 Daytime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globes, 12 NAACP Image Awards, 2 Primetime Emmy Awards and a Tony Awards. Likewise, she also won a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2011.
Watch Oprah receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom
And let's not forget the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom she received in 2013 from former President Barack Obama with other people like Ellen, Tom Hanks, Lorne Michaels, and many others.