Oprah Winfrey, the talk show empress, grew up poor in Milwaukee Mississippi. During her early life Oprah endured many hardships including extreme poverty, rape, pregnancy at 14 and the tragic death of her infant son.
But Oprah was destined for greatness, landing an anchoring job with a local evening news channel. From there she went on to take over a third rated Chicago talk show, boosting it to number 1.
Her eventually syndicated show has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history. She has been ranked the richest African-American in the last century as well as the greatest black philanthropist in American history.
She is now a billionaire and one of the most influential woman in the world.