Happy 60th birthday Oprah Winfrey! Winfrey became the most influential woman in the world due to the success of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which was the highest-rated syndicated program from 1986 to 2011. Her show aired in 140 countries before making the jump to her Oprah Winfrey Network “OWN,” which was formerly Discovery Health channel.
In 2007, Oprah opened the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, a boarding school for poverty-stricken girls.
With a net worth of $2.9 billion in 2013, she became the world’s first female black billionaire and the richest American woman. Today she earns an annual salary of $315 million thanks to her highly lucrative media empire.