Facts, information and articles about Oprah Winfrey, a famous woman In history Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey Facts Born January 29, 1954 Accomplishments Radio Show Host Talk Show Host Entrepreneur Spouse Stedman Graham Oprah Winfrey summary: Oprah Winfrey is most well-known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show which has won numerous awards and was syndicated for well over a decade. Her talk show had higher ratings than any others throughout history. Many assessments have accredited her to being the most influential women in the world. She started out as a Mississippi daughter of a poor, single mother. Her childhood was very hard. At nine she was raped and was pregnant at 4 only to lose the child while he was still in infancy. She landed her first job in radio at the age of 19 after she went to live wither her father in Tennessee. She climbed the ranks of the radio with credit given to her emotional delivery that was ad-lib. She is also accredited for creating popularization of the confessional, intimate talk show style that Phil Donahue pioneered. She currently has an estimated net worth of 2.7 billion dollars. She owns multiple homes across the globe and for a period was the richest black person in the world. Her name is a household word and has even been given the term ‘the Oprah Effect.’ The Oprah Effect is a term used to describe how her endorsement has made the sales of a product, service or other item skyrocket. She has created several different charitable foundations for different causes from helping Katrina survivors to aiding with the education of South Africa. Through the years she has given away millions to foundations and headed up drives to bring in more millions.