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Recognizable across the world, Oprah Winfrey is a global media leader, philanthropist, producer, actress, author, and the world’s first black female billionaire. She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today.
Most loved as host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, for over 25 years Winfrey inspired people from all walks of life with her honest and emotional approach to entertainment, which she expanded into her television network, OWN, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
During a December 2002 visit with Nelson Mandela, Winfrey pledged to build a school in South Africa and has contributed more than $140 million toward providing education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world. Winfrey is also a founding donor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In June of 2018, the museum opened “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture”, an exhibit exploring Winfrey’s life and her talk show’s impact, and featuring artifacts from the set, costumes from her movies, and interactive interviews.
In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2018, she became the first African American woman to be honored with the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Depicted in a fragrant peony, which is known in China as “the king of flowers” as well as a symbol of love, compassion, and prosperity, Winfrey stands proud within the petals as the undisputed queen of success in the face of adversity.