Media mogul, actress, talk show host, producer, and philanthropist, Oprah is best known for her multiple-Emmy-award-winning talk show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history. Her success has made outstanding strides in paving the way ahead for females, women of color, and young girls.
1988 was the year Oprah started her own production company, Harpo Inc. In 1997, she started her charitable foundation, Angel Network. In 2003, she became the first African-American woman on Forbes magazine’s “World’s Richest People” list, with a net worth of about $1 billion. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls opened in 2007 in Henley-on-Klip, South Africa. The school houses 152 girls from deprived backgrounds and provides them with an education. Winfrey reportedly spent $40 million opening the school. In 2009, the Discovery Health Channel was renamed OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. And on June 15, 2018, Apple announced she had signed a multiyear deal with the company to create new original programming.
Women in Cable and Telecommunications continue to be inspired by the example Oprah has set throughout her career, especially as an agent of change for the generation that follows her. May we all aspire to make the world a better place, as she has.