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Oprah Winfrey

  1. 1. Oprah Gail Winfrey Chairman Harpo Productions Compiled: Athar Hussain
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Chairman Harpo Productions </li></ul><ul><li>Co-founded the women's cable television network “ Oxygen” </li></ul><ul><li>An influential book critic & publisher for two magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Television host, media mogul, and philanthropist </li></ul><ul><li>Internationally-syndicated , highest-rated talk show, has earned her multiple Emmy Awards </li></ul><ul><li>An Academy award nominated actress </li></ul>Compiled: Athar Hussain
  3. 3. Introduction (cont.) <ul><li>Lives on her 42-acre estate with ocean </li></ul><ul><li>and mountain views in California </li></ul><ul><li>Salary $385 million with net worth over US $2.7 billion </li></ul><ul><li>The richest African American of the 20th Century </li></ul><ul><li>Ranked as “world's most influential woman” </li></ul><ul><li>Founded “The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy”, a boarding school for girls in South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Runs “Oprah’s Angel Network” charity fund </li></ul>Compiled: Athar Hussain
  4. 4. Education <ul><li>Born on January 29, 1954; Mississippi, USA </li></ul><ul><li>She was nicknamed &quot;The Preacher&quot; for her ability to recite Bible at 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Received a scholarship to attend High School at 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Placed second in the nation in dramatic interpretation in school speech team at East Nashville High School </li></ul><ul><li>Won scholarship to Tennessee State University, where she studied communication </li></ul><ul><li>Won the “Miss Black Tennessee” beauty contest at age 17 </li></ul>Compiled: Athar Hussain
  5. 5. Career Highlights <ul><li>First job as co-anchorperson on radio in 1976 </li></ul><ul><li>She was both the youngest news anchor and the first black female news anchor on media </li></ul><ul><li>Launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated </li></ul><ul><li>  In 1993, she hosted an interview with Michael Jackson </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The fourth most watched event in American television history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The most watched interview ever, with an audience of 100 million </li></ul></ul>Compiled: Athar Hussain
  6. 6. Career Highlights (cont.) <ul><li>Youngest person & the fifth woman ever to receive the honor in IRTS's history </li></ul><ul><li>Famed by appearing in “The Color Purple” in 1985 </li></ul><ul><li>The following year she was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actress” </li></ul><ul><li>In 2006, she signed a $55 million contract with XM Satellite Radio to establish a new radio channel </li></ul>Compiled: Athar Hussain
  7. 7. Public Compliments <ul><li>“ Roundhouse, a full course meal, big, loud, aggressive, hyper, laughable, lovable, soulful, tender, low-down, earthy and hungry” - Howard Rosenberg </li></ul><ul><li>“ She’s very strong technical actress and it's because she's so smart. She’s acute. She’s got a mind like a razor blade” - Thandie Newton </li></ul><ul><li>“ The top alpha female with more credibility than the president. She is a straight ahead success story” - Maureen Dowd </li></ul>Compiled: Athar Hussain
  8. 8. Communication Style <ul><li>Used media as direct marketing </li></ul><ul><li>TV is most often viewed in the privacy of our homes just like a family member </li></ul><ul><li>A serious American intellectual who pioneered the use of electronic media </li></ul><ul><li>Uses consumer's luxury as her power to blend public and private; while it links strangers and conveys information over public airwaves </li></ul>Compiled: Athar Hussain
  9. 9. Communication Style (cont.) <ul><li>Use of media such a way to motivate millions of erstwhile non-readers to pick up books </li></ul><ul><li>Being recognized by Winfrey often means a million additional book sales for an author </li></ul><ul><li>She makes people care because she cares. That is her genius and will be her legacy </li></ul>Compiled: Athar Hussain
  10. 10. Leadership Style <ul><li>Utilizes a participative leadership style, encourages input from her colleagues and staff </li></ul><ul><li>“ Each idea must have intention behind it, and the intention must be in line with Harpo’s mission”, she cordially welcomes suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>Inspires her staff, colleagues and audience through large scale humanitarian work </li></ul><ul><li>Has the ability to inspire trust within her organization and among her audience </li></ul>Compiled: Athar Hussain
  11. 11. Leadership Style (cont.) <ul><li>Inspires leadership within others with all of her humanitarian efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages others to achieve more in all aspects of their lives </li></ul><ul><li>Believes in that through the organization’s expertise in communication, the organization can perform a valuable service around the globe </li></ul><ul><li>Communicates with staff, subordinates and individuals </li></ul>Compiled: Athar Hussain
  12. 12. Leadership Style (cont.) <ul><li>Donated $11 Million for flood relief building a public trust </li></ul><ul><li>Icon for betterment and motivation for individuals life </li></ul><ul><li>Provides opportunity for public to share social issues </li></ul>Compiled: Athar Hussain
  13. 13. &quot;The mother of revolution and crime is poverty” - Aristotle Questions