Oprah Winfrey: How a poor, sexually abused girl became world’s one of the richest and most influential woman

Oprah Winfrey How a poor, sexually abused girl became world’s one of the richest and most influential woman
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She was born in a poor family to a teenage single mother who was a housemaid.


She had to live with her maternal grandmother for initial few years when she was born.


Her grandmother taught her reading and she was called “The Preacher” for her talent to recite Bible verses.


Winfrey experienced poverty for many years. She even sometime didn’t have clothes to wear and had to live with wearing potato sacks.


She was molested when she was just nine years old by her uncle, cousin and a family friend. She got pregnant at the age of 14 years but the child could not survive because of premature birth.


Due to abuse in the family she ran away from her home.


When she was young, she worked at a local grocery store.


While she was in school, she was good at debates and was voted Most Popular Girl. She also won Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant.


She started working in a local radio station as a co-anchor when she was just 19 years old.


She was happy working in media and later joined a local TV channel. She was youngest news anchor and the first black female news anchor on that channel.


When she was working for a renowned TV channel she was removed from her co-anchor position and was given lower profile.


Her show ‘AM Chicago’ became mega success. It became uppermost rated show in Chicago. Success of her show generated multi fold revenue for the channel.


Her talk show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ became one of the most watched programs on television. In her show she interviewed almost every celebrity of America.


When she became successful she participated in other ventures like films, online content, publishing, coaching, broadcasting etc.


She has huge fan following across the globe and she is today known as a spiritual and motivational leader.


She became richest African-American of the 20th century.


She is the greatest black philanthropist in American history.


She is North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person.


Oprah Winfrey’s life is full of inspiration. She saw all sort of phases in her life right from poverty to sexual abuse to becoming richest and an influential person.


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