Oprah Winfrey – TV SHOW HOST
BIRTHDAY: January 29, 1954
AGE: 60 years old
Television host and producer who was named the most influential woman in the world by TIME magazine and hosted The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated syndicated program on air, from 1986 to 2011.
Before fame she was raped at age nine, and when she was fourteen, had a child that died. She was crowned Miss Black Tennessee while in college and began co-anchoring the evening news when she was nineteen.
Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-cityMilwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, saying she was raped at age nine and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy.Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber inTennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.
She became the world’s first female black billionaire and the richest self-made American woman. She had a net worth of $2.9 billion in 2013.
She began a relationship with Stedman Graham in 1986. She introduced health expert Mehmet Oz to countless viewers on The Oprah Winfrey Show.