Facts about Oprah Winfrey

  1. March 2016 - Forbes, in its annual list of the world's billionaires, estimates Winfrey's net worth at $3 billion.
  2. January 15, 2015 - The film "Selma," in which Winfrey costars, is nominated for an Academy Award for best picture. October 19, 2015 - Winfrey and Weight Watchers announce a partnership in which Winfrey is buying a 10% stake in the company and taking a seat on its board of directors.
  3. June 26, 2013 - Regains #1 spot for Forbes' World's Most Powerful Celebrities. November 20, 2013 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
  4. January 1, 2011 - OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network debuts. November 12, 2011 - Winfrey receives an honorary Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  5. December 5, 2010 - Winfrey is honored at the Kennedy Center as part of the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors gala.
  6. November 20, 2009 - Announces on her show that she will discontinue her talk show on September 9, 2011. She will then move to California and launch OWN. January 1, 2012 - Winfrey's new show, "Oprah's Next Chapter," debuts on the OWN network.
  7. January 15, 2008 - Winfrey and Discovery Communications announce that beginning in 2009 the Discovery Health Channel will be renamed OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
  8. January 2, 2007 - The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls opens in Henley-on-Klip, South Africa. The school houses 152 girls from deprived backgrounds and provides them with an education. Winfrey has reportedly spent $40 million dollars opening the school. September 8, 2007 - Hosts a fundraiser for presidential hopeful Barack Obama at her California home. October 2007 - NBC buys the Oxygen Network for $925 million.
  9. February 9, 2006 - XM Satellite Radio announces that it has signed a three-year deal with Winfrey worth $55 million. "Oprah and Friends" begins broadcasting in September 2006.
  10. September 26, 2005 - Winfrey announces that she is investing more than $1 million to bring the musical "The Color Purple" to Broadway in December 2005.
  11. February 2003 - Becomes the first African-American woman on Forbes magazine's "World's Richest People" list, with a net worth of about $1 billion.
  12. In 2002 - Wins the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the Primetime Emmys.
  13. In 2000 - Winner of the Outstanding Made for Television Movie for "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie." April 2000 - Launches "O, The Oprah Magazine," and the Oxygen Network.
  14. In 1998 - Wins Emmy Award, Best Talk Show Host for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," tying with Rosie O'Donnell. Produces the movie "Beloved."
  15. In 1997 - Starts Oprah's Angel Network, a charitable foundation.
  16. In 1996 - Starts "Oprah's Book Club" on her show. The book club becomes very influential in the publishing world as selected books rise to the top of bestseller lists.
  17. In 1993 - Wins two Daytime Emmy Awards, Best Talk Show Host for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and Outstanding Children's Special, "ABC Afterschool Specials, Shades of a Single Protein." December 20, 1993 - President Clinton honors Oprah by signing into law the "Oprah Bill." This bill creates a national database that allows people to search for child abusers.
  18. In 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995 - Wins two Daytime Emmy Awards each of these years, Best Talk Show and Best Talk Show Host for "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
  19. In 1988 - Forms her own production company, Harpo Inc. Harpo is Oprah spelled backwards.
  20. In 1976 - Becomes a news co-anchor at WJZ-TV in Baltimore. January 1984 - Becomes the anchor of "A.M. Chicago," which airs opposite Phil Donahue. September 1985 - The show is renamed "The Oprah Winfrey Show." 1985-2011 - Host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the highest-rated talk show in history. In 1985 - Makes her film debut in "The Color Purple," for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. November 8, 1986 - "The Oprah Winfrey Show" goes into national syndication.