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Building the Black MetropolisAfrican American Entrepreneurship in Chicago$
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Robert E. Weems and Jason P. Chambers

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041426

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041426.001.0001

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

The Tycoon

(p.212) Chapter 10 Oprah Winfrey
Building the Black Metropolis

Juliet E. K. Walker

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Oprah Winfrey’s emergence as one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs in the entertainment business, as well as an American cultural icon. Beginning in 1985 with The Oprah Winfrey Show, she constructed a wide-ranging financial empire. At the close of the twentieth century Oprah Winfrey was included in the list of “Forbes 400 Richest People In America,” with a net worth in 1999 of $725 million. She is the only African American woman with joint venture ownership in a cable television station and, in addition to owning her own show, Oprah is also one of only three American women in the television and movie industry to establish and own a production studio, HARPO, based in Chicago, Illinois.

Keywords:   Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Entertainment Business Entrepreneurs, Forbes 400 Richest People In America, HARPO Production Studio

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