According to Forbes, Oprah Winfrey has given away around a whopping $400million and between the years of 2004 and 2010 she was ranked among the 50 most generous Americans. Although her TV career of presenting and interviewing may be over, the lady clearly has no intention of stopping as she is now looking into the highly competitive organic market. Oprah already has an estimated total wealth of $2.7billion, which includes a television network, satellite radio show, lifestyle website, magazine and a girls school in South Africa. All that is appears is not enough to satisfy her as according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organizations, there have been several applications which were filed last month to trademark ‘Oprah’s Organics’. The products would include bath soaps, sunscreen, massage oils, hair products, as well as food items such as organic salad dressings, frozen vegetables, soups, beverages and snack dips.
Oprah Winfrey, 58, has also filed applications for an ‘Oprah’s Farm’ trademark for a beverage and catering service, and ‘Oprah’s Harvest’ were also recently submitted. Oprah has a large farm which sits in hundreds of acres of land and a spokesperson for Ms Winfrey stated to The New York Post: “The trademarks were filed for Oprah’s farm on Maui to enable the farm to grow and distribute produce on Maui and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.”
Oprah was born into a poor family and raised by a single mother in a less than well to do urban neighbourhood. She become one of America’s most loved TV presenters as she revealed much of her personality on screen and emphasized with her guests. The success of her TV show mean that she was a millionaire at the age of 32, but she has always been generous and in one of her shows actually gave every member of the audience a car each. She negotiated her way into producing the show and forming her own Harpo Production company.
So far she has spent over $100million on her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and as of 2012, she had provided 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.