Radio for her own radio channel, Oprah & Friends.

May 2006
Prestige Automotive (No. 1 on the BE AUTO DEALER 100 list with $1.01 billion in sales) holds the grand opening of its first foreign dealership, a Mercedes-Benz dealership in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Gregory Jackson, CEO of the 2005 BE Auto Dealer of the Year, says it was part of his strategy to diversify his portfolio and protect against downturns in the domestic market.

February 2006
Robert L. Johnson, CEO of RLJ
Development L.L.C. (No. 25 on the
BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 list with $168.1 million in sales), signs a deal to buy 100 White Lodging hotel properties for $1.7 billion. RLJ will acquire 87 of the properties in the second quarter of 2006 and the other 13 over the next two years.

-Additional reporting by Wendy Harris, Cliff Hocker, Tykisha N. Lundy,
Jeffrey McKinney, Nicole Marie Richardson & Tennille M. Robinson