Oprah Winfrey – the Story of an Entrepreneur

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Oprah Winfrey – The Story of an Entrepreneur
“Oprah Winfrey arguably has more influence on the culture than any university president, politician, political or religious leader, except perhaps the pope.”

- Vanity Fair Magazine, in 1994.

“She (Oprah) may be uncomfortable talking about it (money), but when it comes to making it, she sure knows what she's doing.”

- Fortune Magazine, in March 2002.

In mid-1996, Oprah Winfrey (Oprah), one of the world’s most well-known media personalities and the host of the ‘Oprah Winfrey Show,’ was entangled in a major controversy. The controversy arose because of statements made by Oprah and Howard Lyman (Lyman, a founder member of the Humane Society
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Hattie laid the foundation of Oprah’s career when she taught her to read the Bible. At the age of three, Oprah spent hours reading Bible stories to the animals on the farm. Hattie also taught her many lessons about God and faith. These lessons inspired her (at that tender age itself) to become strong and help people in need. She believed that she had a higher calling and she was sent to ‘do good’ to others.

Public speaking skills were evident in Oprah right from her childhood. In 1957, at less than four years of age, Oprah recited sermons from the Bible at her local church. Oprah loved the attention and applause she received after her recitals. Oprah was an intelligent child who reportedly asked her teachers to advance her to higher grades.

At the age of six, Oprah was sent to live with her father at Nashville, Tennessee. Her father and her stepmother, Zelma, noticed her interest in reading and encouraged her by buying more books. Her voracious reading helped her always stay ahead of her classmates.

Later that year, she was sent to her mother in Milwaukee. Oprah led a few painful years of her childhood at her mother’s. She was sexually abused by her male relatives and acquaintances. These experiences had a profound effect on her and she turned into a promiscuous and problematic teenager. Her mother tried to admit her in a home for troubled teens, but as the home was full, Oprah was sent
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