Oprah Winfrey net worth and salary: Oprah Winfrey is a media mogul, television host and author who has a net worth of $2.9 billion. Oprah Winfey rose from poverty, abuse and prejudice to become one of the most influential people on the planet. Today she earns an annual salary of $315 million thanks to her highly lucrative media empire. A dedicated scholar, she excelled at school and earned a scholarship to Tennessee State University. Her career in media began in her teens when she was hired by a local radio station to announce the news. From there she moved on to television with The Oprah Winfrey Show debuting in 1984 and quickly rising to the number one talk show in Chicago, displacing Phil Donahue. When Oprah began to broadcast nationally two years later, Donahue's show was once again surpassed in ratings.
Oprah's diverse format included world and humanitarian issues, health, spirituality, and interviews with the non-famous and famous alike. She is credited for having revolutionized the television talk show platform. As an actress, Oprah won critical acclaim for her supporting role in the 1985 film The Color Purple, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Oprah's production company, Harpo Productions, has produced several films and telefilms. Oprah has published five books and two magazines, one of which was named the most successful start-up ever by Fortune magazine. In 2007, Oprah opened the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, a boarding school for poverty-stricken girls. Her show aired in 140 countries before making the jump to her the Oprah Winfrey Network "OWN" which was formerly Discovery Health channel. So far, the "OWN" net worth has struggled to achieve the ratings that many media watchers expected. She did get big ratings after landing exclusive interviews with Lance Armstrong and Lindsay Lohan after their respective scandals. Oprah Winfrey was born January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi.