Oprah Winfrey’s house, named “The Promised Land,” is located in Montecito, CA. The $50 million home was purchased in 2001. Oprah’s house is on 42 acres and boasts both mountain and ocean views. She has another home in Chicago that is a $15,000 per month rent, as well as homes and property in New Jersey, Florida, Hawaii, and Antigua.
Known for her influence across the media and for her open and interactive approach to interviewing, Oprah’s net worth is $2.9 billion. Her annual salary, which helps her to regularly land on the Forbes Celebrity 100, comes from her media empire, including her talk show (in syndication), “O, the Oprah Magazine,” radio station, Oprah Winfrey Network television network, Harpo Productions, and other ventures. She expanded from her signature program – “The Oprah Winfrey Show” – which ran from 1986 to 2011, and launched spin-offs featuring Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and Rachel Ray.
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2013.
The Promised Land features a man-made lake, tennis court, guest house, barn, orchards and the house has a wine cellar, gourmet kitchen, two theaters, 10 fire places, six bedrooms, and 14 bathrooms.
Oprah is also an actress and active in cinema. She gained award nominations for her portrayal of Sofia in “The Color Purple” and as Gloria Gaines in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” for which she received several award nominations in 2014. She starred in and produced “Beloved” and her production company Harpo Films produced “Their Eyes were Watching God” starring Halle Berry in 2005.
The term “The Oprah Effect” has been use to explain Oprah’s influence on public opinion and purchasing power. She is known for popularizing many methods of self-help, public confession as therapy, and providing mainstream media visibility of gay, transgender, transsexual and bisexual people. Oprah guest-starred on the episode of the sitcom “Ellen” when Ellen DeGeneres shared that she was gay.
Oprah is an active philanthropist, particularly through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, on which she has spent more than $100 million. She also created Oprah’s Angel Network in 1998 and Oprah Angel Network Katrina to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.