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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi) is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United States. She is most known for her TV show "The Oprah Winfrey Show".

Winfrey was born in rural Mississippi to a poor family — her unmarried teenage parents were a housemaid, Vernita Lee, and apparently a soldier, Vernon Winfrey; there is serious doubt on all sides that he is her biological father. Winfrey began her career in broadcasting at age 19, by which time she had been living in a better quality of life in Tennessee with Vernon for a number of years. In 1983, Winfrey relocated to Chicago, Illinois to take over as host of WLS-TV's low-rated half-hour morning talk show, AM Chicago, which premiered on January 2, 1984. The show was so successful with Winfrey as host that it was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, expanded to an hour, and debuted nationally on September 8, 1986. She has started in a number of movies.

Winfrey has never married, but has lived with her partner Stedman Graham for nearly 20 years. Education: Tennessee State University, Bachelor of Arts / Science.

$1.3 billion as of 2005.