World's Richest Black Woman - Richest African American

1 Oprah Winfrey

Net worth: $2.7 billionNet Worth Last Calculated: March 2011Source: Television, self-madeOrganization: The Oprah Winfrey Show , Title: Media PersonalityAge: 57 ,Marital Status: SingleEducation: BA/BS, Tennessee State University

The Queen of TV and the world's most successful female media exec has earned $1.35 billion over the last five years--as well as an enormous following.

Oprah Winfrey speaks during the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 6, 2011 in Pasadena, California.

Presenter Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

Her Oprah Winfrey Show--which will soon air its last episode after 25 years--boasts 40 million viewers a week. But with a Sirius radio channel (35 million listeners per month), a popular Twitter feed (nearly 4.5 million followers) and her new network,The Oprah Winfrey Network “OWN”, a joint venture with Discovery Communications featuring shows from Rosie O’Donnell and Shania Twain.Tthe media mogul will still have a large platform. Not afraid to use it: helped Barack Obama win 2008 presidency.

The self-made media mogul paid $50 million in 2001 for the 23,000-square-foot Georgian-style home she calls the “Promised Land.” Although renovations were underway when she purchased the estate, Oprah simply altered the plans to ensure they matched her style. With the chaos of construction behind her, she now enjoys the home’s mountain and ocean views in peace.

Source:Forbes Magazine

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