Oprah Winfrey is a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress. She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today.
Winfrey oversees both the premium television network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the print and digital content of "O, The Oprah Magazine." Winfrey also hosts “Super Soul,” featuring conversations between herself and thought leaders available on discovery+. The audio version of these conversations debuted as #1 and have been downloaded over 350 million times to date around the world in podcast form.
Winfrey is an Academy Award-nominated actress for her role in “The Color Purple,” earned critical acclaim in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and produced and acted in the Academy Award-winning film “Selma.” Winfrey starred in the Emmy nominated HBO Films “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and portrayed “Mrs. Which” in Disney’s “Wrinkle in Time” film adaptation from director Ava DuVernay.
In 2015, Winfrey joined the Weight Watchers board of directors and in 2020 launched a nationwide arena tour “Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus” featuring motivational and inspirational guest speakers. Winfrey has since hosted worldwide virtual events featuring inspirational leaders to encourage and support being on their wellness journey.
In 2017, her cookbook “Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life” and “Wisdom of Sundays” both debuted as #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List under her personal book imprint “An Oprah Book.” in 2020, the imprint published Alicia Key's memoir "More Myself," along with debut author Emmanuel Acho's "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man."
In 2018, Oprah partnered with Apple for a multi-year content partnership to create original programs that will embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world. Winfrey’s projects, including Oprah’s Book Club are part of a lineup of original content from Apple. “Oprah Talks: COVID-19” launched in March 2020 to discuss the impact of the pandemic.
Winfrey is also a dedicated philanthropist. During a December 2002 visit with Nelson Mandela, she pledged to build a school in South Africa and has contributed more than $200 million towards providing education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world. In 2019, Ms. Winfrey made a donation to Morehouse College in support of her Morehouse Scholars Program to bring her total donation to men’s education to $20 million. Additionally, Winfrey is a founding donor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In June of 2018, the museum opened “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture,” an exhibit exploring Winfrey’s life and her talk show’s impact featuring artifacts from the set, costumes from her movies and interactive interviews. In March 2020, she committed $12 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in underserved communities in her “home cities” of Chicago, Milwaukee, Kosciusko, Mississippi and Baltimore.
In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2018, she was honored with the Cecil B deMille award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.