Oprah Winfrey won an award at the Golden Globes last night, making a rousing speech in support of women who have suffered abuse. What is her net worth?
Oprah Winfrey, 63, is one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and has dominated American TV for many years.
Known for her acting, talk shows and philanthropy, last night she become the first black woman to be honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes.
Winfrey received a standing ovation for her speech, in which she spoke about the end of sexual harassment and abuse – a subject at the forefront of the awards, with many attendees wearing black in solidarity with abuse victims.
Oprah has a TV network, OWN, as well as a magazine bearing her name, but most of her wealth comes from her years as the foremost talk show host in America.
Her struggles with her weight have been long documented, and in 2015, she bought a 10 per cent stake in Weight Watchers, and acts as a brand ambassador.
Years in the spotlight have led to vast wealth for Oprah, and Forbes estimates her net worth at a staggering $2.8 billion (£2billion).
She is listed 64th on the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people, and 21st on most powerful women.
As she accepted the prestigious gong, the chat show host addressed sexual harassment and racial injustice and told girls watching the ceremony that a “new day is on the horizon”.
She began her speech by recalling the feelings she felt as a young girl watching Sidney Poitier win the best actor Academy Award back in 1964.
The businesswoman said to the audience: ”It is not lost on me that, at this moment, there is some little girl watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award.
“When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”
The actress admitted she was inspired by all the women who have bravely shared their personal stories of abuse.