Oprah Winfrey is regarded as one of the most influential woman on the planet, and she has a phenomenal back story as to how she reached the level she is at today. Being the richest African American in the world, she has a total net worth of $3 billion.
Oprah was the daughter of an unmarried teen, and grew up working as a house maid. Her childhood was marked with extreme poverty, and was also teased at school for wearing clothes made out of potato sacks. In a special interview on television, Oprah revealed the fact how she was sexually harassed by some of her family members as a young girl.
The first breakthrough for her came through a gig on local radio station. The station managers were quite impressed, seeing her an an ambitious woman with loads of talent. She worked her way through bigger radio channels, until eventually she appeared on television.
It was apparently Robert Ebert who convinced Oprah to sign the deal that launched The Oprah Winfrey Show.This was the beginning of her long journey to success and global fame.