Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey


Oprah Winfrey was raised amidst startling poverty and was sexually abused continually since she was 9. She ran away from home when she was 13 and, at 14, gave birth to a son who died soon after.


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She had a childhood fraught with crippling poverty: she lived with her maternal grandmother for about six months while her mother worked, and circumstances were so dismal that she wore potato sacks for clothes – something the local children mocked her for. Later, after suffering years of being molested by her cousin, an uncle and a family friend since she was 9 years old, Oprah ran away from home at the age of 13, and bore a son a year later, who died soon after. She stated that even later, her poverty was a subject of ridicule among the other children. But then again, through sheer will-power and determination, Oprah Winfrey, rising above her past, became the first African-American woman to become a billionaire.


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