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Oprah Winfrey

Social | 7-13 yrs | Reading Pod

Oprah Gail Winfrey (January 29, 1954) is an American talk show host and media mogul whose philanthropic ventures have touched the lives of people all over the world. At age 17 she was picked up by a local TV station in Nashville, Tennessee and became the youngest person and the first black woman to become a news anchor at the station.

Oprah Winfrey’s self titled talk-show became the longest running one of it’s kind. Her diverse topics of discussion attracted a large audience all over America and is syndicated across the world. Because of this diverse audience she has been named one of the most influential people of the world. It is estimated that Winfrey’s endorsement of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential elections helped him win approximately 15,96,995 votes.

Oprah Winfrey Life Story

Oprah was born in rural Mississippi, USA. Her mother was an unwed teenager who later worked as a maid to provide for her family. Oprah spent much of her childhood in poverty between her grandmother who taught her to read and write, and her father in Nashville who also took great interest in providing her with a good education.

Winfrey’s break came after she won a local beauty pageant and was offered a part-time job by a local television in Nashville to read the news. It was not before long that she was offered a full time position. By 1989 she began to host ‘The Oprah Winfrey  Show’ in Chicago and within a year it became the #1 talk-show on television.

Much of Oprah’s life is public knowledge through her TV show because of her unique style of hosting. On multiple occasions she has shared personal details of her life on national television. She has interviewed celebrities, politicians, musicians, and world figures including the Dalai Llama.

Oprah started The Angel Network in 1998, a charity fund that donated to non-profit organisations across the world. In 12 years the charity acquired $8,00,00,000 , and since all the administrative costs was covered personally by her, 100% of the money donated went to a good cause.

After an episode where Oprah went to South Africa to report on the AIDS crisis she decided to start the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. The school offers 450 girls the opportunity to a top education and Oprah herself teaches one of the classes via satellite.

The next time you are in a group of friends, pick up a hairbrush or anything that resembles a mic and interview everyone in the room on a topic of your choice.

Short biographies of the world’s top social reformers, go to: https://mocomi.com/learn/culture/famous-people/social/