Born into a single parent household in rural Mississippi, Winfrey was initially raised by her teenage mother and was regularly molested by male relatives whenever she was away. But after her father Vernon Winfrey took her into his Nashville home, Oprah's life began to look up. By her admissions, her father was a strict disciplinarian, but from his guidance, his daughter developed a love for learning, which would lead to Tennesse University offering her a scholarship.
Years later, and after doing the rounds as a local news anchor, Oprah hit the big time when AM Chicago gave the-then 28-year-old her first talk show. Today, and with her very own network following the mega-success of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the 61-year old is now worth $3 billion.