The show is over, but the conglomerate that is Oprah Winfrey lives on.
Winfrey’s syndicated talk show was the means toward empire building. However, as our Muckety map shows, it eventually became a single node on a high-profile, high-profit web.
The Oprah Winfrey Network,, known as OWN and jointly owned by Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications, debuted on Jan. 1. Its first few months were lackluster, but the network has been aggressively adding new programs.
Winfrey chairs the Harpo Entertainment Group, which has subsidiaries involved in TV, radio and film. She appears monthly on the cover of her magazine, O.
She has also founded numerous nonprofit groups, including Oprah’s Angel Network, a foundation and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
The academy was both the realization of a dream and a painful embarrassment, when charges of abuse at the school became public. Oprah later said she was “devastated” by the reported abuse, but never regretted establishing the academy.