The first African-American woman billionaire deserves a mention here, especially when you consider where she started. As the small time aspiring television personality trying to catch a break, the overweight actress was told that she had no future on television. Decades later, she is laughing at those doubters, all the way to the bank.
Oprah may have become a fan favorite by giving away cars and shopping sprees, but she became a billionaire by forward thinking and aggressive business practices. Oprah founded Harpo Productions, Inc. in 1986 so she could be the one calling the shots behind the scenes as well as on the set. Her television network “OWN,” has been a monumental success as well.
Oprah was quoted by Forbes magazine in 1995 as having said,”On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else.” With that sort of belief in herself and her abilities and the backing of her successful companies, it isn’t any wonder that Oprah has had her net worth valued at over $3 Billion dollars.