Since beginning her career as a newscaster in Tennessee, followed by her emergence as a television personality in Chicago with her namesake TV show debut in 1983, Oprah has become an inspiration for audiences around the world.
Her messageâ€”to live oneâ€™s best lifeâ€”has empowered readers and viewers for decades, and Oprah has translated that message into her own personal brand and a media empire. The best way to tell Oprahâ€™s story and to learn from her extraordinary experiences is to read it in her own words, according to the authors of OWN IT: Oprah Winfrey in Her Own WordsÂ from publisher Agate B2â€™s In Their Own WordsÂ book series.
The In Their Own Words series is a collection of insights from the worldâ€™s most influential entrepreneurs, in handy, pocket-sized volumes. This series is ideal for helping to inspire the business leaders of tomorrow. I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own WordsÂ wasÂ a New York Times bestseller, and the series continues with Never Give Up: Jack Ma In His Own Words, Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates In His Own Words, and more.
Edited by Anjali Becker and Jeanne Engelmann,Â OWN ITÂ consists of over 200 of Oprahâ€™s most salient thoughts, memories, pieces of advice, and wisdom, gathered together in one, pocket-sized volume. The book shows every side of Oprah; savvy businesswoman, insightful mentor, empire builder, philanthropist, and intimate friend. The book draws from Oprahâ€™s ever expanding range of platformsâ€”television, radio, interviews, writing, public speeches, and moreâ€”to give a concise, but comprehensive look into the mind of one of the world’s most revered and intriguing public figures. The selected quotes illuminate both the woman herself and the multi-million dollar media conglomerate she has created, offering an intimate, authoritative portrait of the â€śQueen of All Media.â€ť
A Media Empire
Few entrepreneurs have been astute enough to leverage their resources with the foresight that Oprah has demonstrated, and OWN ITÂ showcases Oprahâ€™s indisputable business acumen, which is often overshadowed by her enormous influence and celebrity status.
The Oprah Winfrey NetworkÂ Â is headquartered in Los Angeles. As of June 2016, Winfrey, who is founder and CEO of Harpo Inc., based out of Chicago, holds the 28th spotÂ on the BE 100s Industrial/Service Companies list, with $121 million in revenue for 2015, down from $175 million reported for 2014. The entrepreneur to hold the second spot on thisÂ BE 100s list is the CEO of the staffing firm ACTâ€˘1 Group, Janice Bryant Howroyd, and she is the first black women to own and operate a company that is generating $2.4 billion in revenues. Thatâ€™s not to say that Winfrey isnâ€™t a billionaire. According to Forbes, Oprah’s net worth is reportedly at $3.1 billion,Â making her Californiaâ€™s richest, self-made woman.
With the book expected to drop on December 1 over the winter holiday, OWN IT: Oprah Winfrey in Her Own WordsÂ is a must read for entrepreneurs and Oprah fans everywhere.