Oprah Winfrey started from the bottom and rose to the top beyond all odds. Oprah started out as a deprived young black American girl in the city of Kosciuski, Mississippi.According to achievement.org, Oprah was poor and couldn’t afford to get a formal education. Her grandmother was her teacher for a period of time. She grew up with a single parent raising her. Although her childhood was not the best, she was still able to become the first black female billionaire.
Winfrey’s life became even more complicated when she moved to Milwaukee. There, she ran away from home, and she was soon sent to a detention home. She found her father at the age of fourteen in Nashville. After a while, Oprah was living in her father’s home where there was discipline and structure. Education was then her top priority. She eventually graduated from Tennessee State University. Her love of education was actually one of the key factors to her success in my opinion.
At the age of 19, Oprah was the first black female news anchor in Nashville. She eventually had a talk show, “People Are Talking,” that took place in Baltimore. During 1984, she moved to Chicago to host “A.M. Chicago” at Channel 7. The name was soon changed to “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She didn’t want to be labeled as just a talk show host, so she took it upon herself to play the role of Sophia in the heart warming film The Color Purple. This earned her many award nominations. Later on she formed Harpo Productions in 1986. Then after the start of Oprah Book Club, the launching of the Oprah Magazine began to take shape. She accomplished many things through hard work and determination.
Oprah had nothing as a child. It was her against the world. You look at Oprah Winfrey, seeing all the trials and tribulations that she went through to succeed, leading her to become the person she is today. There was nothing that she let overcome her dreams of being successful.