With an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion, there's a lot of people who want to be Oprah Winfrey's friend. The best social lubricant after money, though, tends to be fame: her insanely successful talk show, aired in 149 countries worldwide, went off the air more than three years ago, though she has yet to be forgotten. Oh, and power hardly hurts: this media mogul is founder of the modestly titled O, The Oprah Magazine and The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) airing in more than 80 million homes across America.
Though cash is king, this trifecta of money, fame, and power has allowed Oprah to play kingmaker with her hangers-on, turning them into celebrities, accelerating them to the status others spend years trying to achieve.
The list below pays tribute to the favoured few in the court of the talk show queen.
10 Iyanla Vanzant - Net Worth: $200 Thousand
9 Bob Greene - Net Worth: $1.4 Million
8 James Frey - Net Worth: $4.5 Million
7 Nate Berkus - Net Worth: $6 Million
6 Stedman Graham -Net Worth: $10 Million
5 Dr. Oz - Net Worth: $14 Million
4 Gayle King - Net Worth: $20 Million
3 Suze Orman - Net Worth: $35 Million
2 Rachael Ray - Net Worth: $60 Million
1 Dr. Phil - Net Worth: $245 Million
If those Texas cattle ranchers didn't have such a'beef' with Oprah, Dr. Phil would have never been. Before he became a household name, Phil McGraw was a happily married father of two with a P.h.D in psychology and a successful legal consulting business. That all changed in 1996 when he successfully helped the talk show host win a multi-million dollar lawsuit launched against her by angry ranchers who claimed she defamed the entire industry. He soon became a weekly staple thanks to 'Tuesdays with Dr. Phil' and won over Oprah's viewers with his straight talk and relationship advice. Today, Dr. Phil is a six-time #1 New York Times bestselling author and in 2002 launched his own successful talk show (produced by Harpo Productions) where he gives advice to troubled guests.
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