Oprah Winfrey - Entreprenuer

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Oprah Winfrey is an example of an entrepreneur who has reached legendary status not only in the United States but also worldwide. Overcoming a life of hardship, Oprah leaped over all obstacles to become one of the richest and most successful self-made women in history. Her career started at a news station in Nashville where she became the first African American co-anchor. She dropped out of college her senior year to move to Baltimore to co-anchor the nightly news in Baltimore. Although reading the news did not play to Oprah’s strengths, the opportunity soon arose for her to host her own talk show. Her connection with the audience, her viewers, and her guests on this show is what led to her success in this medium and paved the way for her…show more content…
These charities have helped to supply food, supplies, and even education in the U.S. as well as third-world countries and have given a boost to struggling economies.
What makes Oprah Winfrey one of the greatest entrepreneurs of this generation is that she has not only achieved individual success but has also contributed to the success of hundreds of others. Not only did she use her show as a platform to empower others to achieve success (especially women), but she also used her fame to endorse products and ideas that she believed to be truly great. She has used her greatest strength which is her connection to people to help launch the careers and businesses of hundreds aspiring entrepreneurs, authors, doctors, and chefs. By forming the “Oprah Book Club,” she helped 59 out of 70 books reach the USA Today bestseller list and helped launch sales of these books to an estimated 55 million copies total (PBS 2006). She also gave a boost to the auto industry by giving away over 250 cars to the members of her audience. By hosting multiple shows filled with her “favorite things,” she helped almost 300 become the world’s favorite products, thereby contributing to the success of many small businesses. The positivity, leadership skills, and drive that Oprah has displayed to the masses over the years are what have made her one of the most successful businesswomen in the world, and her success is one that aspiring
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