Oprah Winfrey (67 years old) is in fashion and her name spreads by word of mouth because of the interview she has achieved exclusively with Harry of England and his wife, Meghan Markle, after more than a year in silence after leaving their official role within the British royal family and have moved to live first in Canada and then in the United States. But the American communicator is not famous for having obtained this interview, but it has been her title of queen of American television that has served as a passport to become the one chosen for one of the most anticipated interviews of the year. The game is on, and also between neighbors, because Winfrey lives in the same exclusive urbanization of Montecito, California, chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to settle in the country. A residential area for millionaires, with mansions in line with the level of power and economy of its inhabitants, among which are anonymous names for also famous people such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande or Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom.
But who is it Oprah Winfrey ? In the United States, she is a star, a powerful woman because of the relevance she has achieved as a communicator and because of the influence of her opinions. Appearing in the program that she kept on the air for 25 years, The Oprah Winfrey Show , or in the new formats in which she has diversified her activities, is a guarantee of reaching a millionaire number of interlocutors who trust her and provides a mark of credibility. Also that the spectators will attend confessions that the interviewees reserve for their meeting with her, in front of and behind the cameras, as has happened with the same Enrique from England that was broadcast did specify to the communicator that the accusations of racism towards her son to the British royal family that they had revealed did not refer to Elizabeth II, nor to the Duke of Edinburgh. "It was not the queen, it was not my grandparents," said the Duke of Sussex.
During the two legislatures in which Barack Obama held the presidency of the United States, the closeness of the communicator with him and his wife, Michelle Obama, it was definitive for the projection of some of his initiatives. Her power has even been the subject of analysis and lists of influence and, for example in early 2019 it became news that Michelle Obama, two years after leaving the White House, was the most influential and admired woman in the world and was followed by Oprah. Winfrey, according to an annual survey carried out by the Gallup firm .
Oprah is one of the few women in the United States who only needs her first name to know who she is talking about and is more than a journalist and television presenter. Its tentacles expand into the world of production, acting, philanthropy, and business. She is a prestigious book critic, she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the movie The Color Purple and she has her own production company, Harpo Productions, which in addition to taking over her show now produces radio, her own magazine, movies and even a television network Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) that opened in 2011. It has investments in Weight Watchers , a company dedicated to weight loss that in 2015 soared its stock price to almost double, minutes after that the presenter took 10% of the capital of the company. And in 2018 he reached a multi-year agreement with Apple TV to create “original shows,” including some related to mental health.
He is an activist in the MeToo movement that emerged in 2017 against sexual harassment and his powerful speech on this issue managed to get the Golden Globes audience on its feet in 2018. But the communicator goes beyond words and also sponsors a leadership academy, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, which opened in South Africa in 2007 and provides education to girls who in her own words become "a symbol and a beacon of light."
Besides that, Oprah Winfrey is a billionaire. Her fortune is estimated at more than 2,000 million euros, according to Forbes magazine, and in addition to her production company and television network, the communicator has a multitude of properties in the United States that range from buildings to spectacular mansions and large areas of land. He bought his Santa Barbara mansion in 2001 for $ 52 million, and today that 17-hectare estate in Montecito, near the Dukes of Sussex, is valued at $ 100 million. Its name says a lot about the character of its owner, The Promised Land.
But it is not the only one of its valuable properties. In Maui, Hawaii owns nine hectares of land and since 2003, when it made this acquisition, has been buying buildings and more land on the slope of Mount Haleakala. The farm now has 65 hectares and there he grows fruits, vegetables and flowers. In Colorado, at Telluride Ski Resort, he has another 24 acres of land and a home near the slopes where he goes skiing, one of his favorite sports. There he also enjoys a winery, designed as if it were an old mine but equipped with the latest technology, where he keeps more than 1,600 bottles of wine. And among his properties also stands out a 16.5-hectare property that he acquired in the summer of 2018 on Orcas Island, in the northwest of Washington state, which includes a 700-square-meter house and a private kilometer of coastline. on top of the world but the life of this versatile woman has been sculpted through effort and faith in herself. He was born on January 29, 1954 in a Mississippi town when his mother was only 18 years old. She lived her childhood on her maternal grandmother's farm and, without a father present, moved with her mother to a poor neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when she was six years old. At nine she was raped by one of her cousins, the action of a teenager that was followed by five years of sexual abuse at the hands of "friends" of the family. She lived through a rebellious adolescence that was soon to end her in a reformatory, but she moved in with her father, a barber in Nashville, and began to straighten out her studies until she was named the most popular student at her school and got a scholarship for public speaking to from Tennesssee State University in 1971. She was the first African-American woman to appear on a Nashville newscast and her next career steps placed her in 1985 on the talk and news show that was her shuttle, aired on 120 channels and had a audience of 10 million people
Winfrey has shared her life for more than 30 years with writer and entrepreneur Stedman Graham , 70, who is the CEO of a leadership development firm that has clients such as Microsoft, Deloitte or General Dynamics. The couple is not married or lavish together in social events and he divides his time between Chicago, headquarters of his company, and Santa Barbara, in California, where the famous presenter lives. They also have no children and on this matter Oprah Winfrey gave her reasons in a revealing essay published in People : “There was a time, when we were in Chicago, when I bought another apartment because I thought I was going to get married and that I would need more space for the children that we had together. I realized that every day I met people who were a disaster and, in most cases, their problems were due to their parents not being aware of how crucial the role they played was. I don't have the capacity to compartmentalize that I see in other women. And that is why, over time, I have gained immense respect for those who decide to stay home with their children, because I don't know how they are capable of doing it, all day, every day. No one gives these women their credit. ”
He was even clearer about the terms of their relationship when he appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show in May 2020:“ The thing about our relationship is that I am dedicated to their happiness. And so I have been able to find my own happiness and I am satisfied. ”