The bulk of Winfrey’s grantmaking has gone to educational causes, including charter schools, programs that support African-American students, and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa.
Media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist via Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Productions and Oprah Winfrey Network.
Oprah attended Tennessee State University on a full scholarship she had won in a public-speaking competition. She majored in Speech Communications and Performing Arts.
Oprah Winfrey is the first black woman billionaire and the richest African-American woman. She is also referred to by many as the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation's highest civilian honor) by President Barack Obama.