Influential Person Project There are people who have accomplished many things in life. They have created their own company or foundation. They have collaborated with many other big companies and one of those people is Oprah Winfrey.
So who is Oprah Winfrey? Oprah is a hard working woman who has accomplished many things, like her own talk show, and has been in movies and has been awarded many awards. She also has created her own book club and has created her own academy for girls in South Africa. Oprah has won many awards and has created and worked with many charities and foundations. She has a net worth of about $2.9 billion and is the first woman who is african american and a billionaire. In an article called 18 Cool Facts About Oprah Winfrey, Larry Kim says, “She is also referred to by many as the most influential woman in the world.
” This is probably because of all her hard work and her dedication and foreverythin she has accomplished. Oprah was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi on January 29, 1954. Oprah’s parents were unwed when they had her and they ended up separating. In the same article Larry kim states “Oprah Winfrey openly discussed her childhood sexual abuse suffered at the hands of male relatives and her mother’s friends on a special episode of her show focusing on sexual abuse in 1986.” Her moms neighborhood was unsafe and she ended up going back home and there she was abused once again. Then when she was 13 she left her home and when she turned 14 was pregnant and had a boy who died as a baby.
Oprah was a student who was very involved with her high school and attended Nashville East High School and in the article Oprah Winfrey: Early Life and Education, Colin Dodds mentions, “…Oprah blossomed, becoming an honors student and winning a host of school awards, including Most Popular Girl, as well as the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. Winfrey also led the East Nashville High School speech team to second place in a national dramatic interpretation contest”. Her father was a great supporter to her which is one of the reasons why she was so involved in school.
While in high school, Oprah was hired by a radio station to read the news which later on caused her to win a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. Aster college is when Oprah’s career really started taking off. In the article it also says “… broke new ground as the first black female news anchor in the station’s history, as well as being the youngest news anchor the station ever had up until that point.” Oprah started being recognized by many other stations because of this. She ended up moving to Baltimore where she started co-hosting a talk show.
She then moved to Chicago where she joined another talk show that wasn’t really very popular and Oprah was an instant hit in Chicago. In the same article it mentions “Other Chicago luminaries noticed the rising star in their midst, including nationally renowned film critic Roger Ebert, who helped Winfrey land her first deal to host a nationally syndicated talk show.With the ink dry on September’s syndication deal, Winfrey show was broadcast nationwide, expanded to a full hour and renamed “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” At the same time, Winfrey founded Harpo Productions (“Harpo” is “Oprah” spelled backwards), which would later branch out to include Harpo Radio, Harpo Print and Harpo Films.” This was one of Oprah’s greatest accomplishments. This lead to Oprah to create many other things and become famous.
For example she started a bunch of projects like her magazine, her book club, and her Academy for girls in South Africa. She helped the charity The Angel Network grow and she supported it very much and she’s also supported many other charities along the way and has donated so much. Oprah is now known by millions of people and has done great things like charity work and created her own network. She has impacted the world by donating millions of dollars to charities and supporting them. She has inspired many people from coming from a rough past to becoming the richest african american woman in this world. She has accomplished so many things like her own talk show, her academy for girls in South Africa, being an actress, and being CEO of her network and Harpo Productions.
In the article Oprah Winfrey’s Greatest Accomplishments, Banji Ganchrow says “It is reported that in total, Winfrey supports 23 charities and foundations, including her own. Oprah hopes to lead by example and often emphasizes that donating time is just as valuable as donating money.” Oprah has inspired people to work hard just like she has and has inspired people to be kind and giving like her. People look up to her as a woman who has accomplished many things in her lifetime. She will be remembered as a very accepting, caring, and hardworking woman and as a woman who accomplished a lot while helping others.
Oprah Winfrey is an important person because she has donated so much and came form a pretty rough past to a woman who is now making billions and has created her own network. In conclusion, Oprah Winfrey is a person who came from a rough past to a strong caring woman who now has her own network and foundation. She has her own talk show, magazine, academy, book club and a bunch of other stuff. She has donate so much money to charities and foundations and she has helped promote all these foundations and charities using her talk show. Oprah was dedicated and knew what she wanted to do and she went for it and is now a billionaire. She has worked very hard to get to where she is and has proven us that hard work will get you places in life.
She has motivated many people to want to be successful people who help others like she has. Oprah has inspired people by always being involved in her school and from there got to so many places. She has constantly showed us that we all can be powerful leaders like her if we work hard. Oprah Winfrey will be remembered as a strong, caring, accepting, kind, and hard working woman.
BibliographyGanchrow, B. (2016, July 21). Oprah Winfrey’s Greatest Accomplishments. Retrieved January 20, 2018, from https://longevity.media/oprah-winfreys-greatest-accomplishmentsDodds, C.
(2016, March 15). Oprah Winfrey: Success Story. Retrieved January 20, 2018, from https://www.investopedia.com/university/oprah-winfrey-biography/oprah-winfrey-success-story.aspKim, L.
(n.d.). 18 Cool Facts About Oprah Winfrey. Retrieved January 20, 2018, from https://www.inc.com/larry-kim/18-bizarre-facts-about-oprah-winfrey.html