Oprah Winfrey: African-American Activist

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Oprah Winfrey is an American entrepreneur, a TV show host, an actress, a producer, and a philanthropist. She is the CEO of Harpo Inc., (“Oprah” spelled backwards) and the co-founder of Oxygen Media. Oprah is one of the few of women who are self-made billionaires, she is the only African-American billionaire with an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion as of March 2014. The only third woman in history and first African-American, to own and produce an entertainment production company. By the end of 1990s, Oprah Winfrey was named one of the most powerful figures in show business and the wealthiest woman and with $415 million named to her property. The Oprah Winfrey show is the highest rated TV talk show in history, watched in about 110 countries, 212 stations within US by an audience of 10 million people globally. The show grossed around $125 million by just the end of its first year. She also introduced The Oprah Magazine that has become one of today's leading women's lifestyle publications and currently has an audience of more than two million readers each month. Oxygen Media,…show more content…
She says "Follow your instincts, that's where true wisdom manifests itself.” But how does she do it? Oprah’s strategy for people is simple. She invests in top talents; she is smart enough to not take her audience for granted, values her customer. She knew that the audience is her consumer, without them, her success was not possible, most importantly; she speaks to them as equals who she cares about greatly. Back in 1994, the talk shows became increasingly trashy and exploitative, whereas Winfrey pledged to keep her show free of tabloid topics which earned her a lot of respect. She seeks out smart mentors who will offer her guidance, carefully selects her top team to assure competence and compatibly, and then stands by them. Moreover, Oprah is friends with other highly influential people, from politicians like the Obama to celebrities like Julia

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