Oprah Lands Spot On Bloomberg Billionaires List

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

Black Enterprise reports media maven, Oprah Winfrey’s, recent moves have landed her a spot on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

It was announced Wednesday that Oprah Winfrey was added to the list of the 500 richest billionaires making her the first black female entrepreneur to occupy a spot. Women now make up 65 spots on the index, most of them being entrepreneurs. Winfrey’s net worth of $4.04 billion earned her place at 486 on the billionaires index while Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, occupies the No. 1 spot with his net worth of $145 billion. Bill Gates follows in a close second with a net worth of $92.8 billion.

Winfrey bought a 10% stake in Weight Watchers and became an ambassador for the brand in 2015. Today, her stake is now worth $427 million.

Her other streams of income include her TV network OWN, Harpo Films, and her iconic talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran from 1986 to 2011. Last week, The Hollywood Reporter reported she closed a new multi-year deal with Apple to produce original content for their streaming service. Under which, Winfrey would retain ownership rights to any and all content produced in the deal.

Related: Oprah Signs Major Content Deal With Apple

She also unveiled her new exhibit, “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture,”  at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture which examines the media magnate’s rags to riches story and illustrious career.

Check out the full Bloomberg Billionaires Index here.

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