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Oprah Winfrey



Oprah Winfrey


Oprah is a true American success story. She overcame a hardscrabble childhood in the American South to became to the first African-American billionaire and perhaps the most powerful media personality on the planet. Though she sometimes strays from Village orthodoxy, e.g., her opposition to the War in Iraq, she generally offers a friendly forum for promotion of our pet projects, like school reform.


Resumé: Host, Oprah Winfrey Show; magazine publisher; movie producer and star; founded eponymous TV network, OWN.

Member Since: 1999

Specialties: Positive thinking. Promoting dubious medical claims. Oversharing. Celebrity worship.

Achievements: Listed as one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World eight straight years. Enriched a host of authors through Oprah's Book Club. Spawned Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz. Took on the beef industry and won. Dedicated entire show to teachers union-bashing doc Waiting for Superman. Made surprise appearance at Herb Allen's Sun Valley Conference in 2011. Hosted fundraiser for Cory Booker. Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

Sample quote:  “...a warrior woman for our time.”

-Describing education reformer Michele Rhee on her show, 9/20/10