Black Women Entrepreneurs
Oprah Winfrey, talk-show host, actor, and producer. She has been not only an enormously successful entertainer but also a powerful force for change. Courtesy Photofest.
Few entrepreneurs of any race or gender have achieved as much spectacular success as Oprah Winfrey (1954– ). From her early success as the host of A. M. Chicago, Oprah has built a media empire that extends far beyond The Oprah Winfrey Show, although the show, which has been America's highest rated talk show for eighteen seasons, has won thirty five Emmy Awards, and is broadcast in 109 countries, remains at the heart of Oprah's success. The spectacular achievements of her company, Harpo Productions, have made her the first African American female billionaire. Oprah's meteoric rise is perhaps due to her ability to embrace a wide range of projects, including acting and producing for television film, publishing O magazine, devising the influential Oprah's Book Club, and donating large sums of money for philanthropic causes both at home and abroad. Inarguably a household name, Oprah represents a high water mark of success for entertainers and businesspeople everywhere.