Stories tagged with Oprah Winfrey

Celebrities and charter schools

By Laurie Bennett   |   May 23, 2014 at 9:34am   |   0 Comments

Money and fame often go hand in hand, and so it is with charter schools.

Cory Booker, well-funded entrepreneur

By Laurie Bennett   |   August 8, 2013 at 8:48am   |   0 Comments

If national politics were college sports, a startup called Waywire might well be banned as a booster.

Oprah truly built her own network

By Laurie Bennett   |   May 26, 2011 at 11:17am   |   4 Comments

The show is over, but the conglomerate that is Oprah Winfrey lives on.

Discovery increases investment in Oprah’s network

By Laurie Bennett   |   August 16, 2010 at 7:37am   |   0 Comments

The relationship between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications got a bit cozier last week, as Discovery committed to another $89 million for Oprah’s new network.

Peter Adamson to manage Oprah’s money

By A. James Memmott   |   May 20, 2010 at 8:16am   |   0 Comments

As she is about to launch her own television channel, Oprah Winfrey has hired an experienced money manager to look after her billions in private wealth.

The Obamas would (almost) blend in among Oak Bluffs’ black elite

By Carol Eisenberg   |   April 13, 2009 at 10:04am   |   0 Comments

If Barack Obama and his family decide to summer in Oak Bluffs, as the Boston Globe reports they are considering, they would enjoy not just pristine beaches, but a social scene that includes some of the nation’s most successful black artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs.

Emmy judges love 30 Rock, Mad Men; viewers not so much

By Emily Morgan   |   September 22, 2008 at 2:06pm   |   0 Comments

They’re far from the most-watched shows on television, but 30 Rock and Mad Men were the big winners at last night’s 60th Emmy Awards ceremony.

Oprah Winfrey + Barack Obama = 1 million votes

By Laurie Bennett   |   August 11, 2008 at 8:01am   |   1 Comments

What’s the value of a celebrity endorsement in a political campaign? In the case of Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama, about 1 million votes.

Has Oprah peaked?

By Emily Morgan   |   May 28, 2008 at 11:26am   |   0 Comments

Oprah Winfrey might be losing her touch.

Chicago’s black business leaders play major role in Obama’s rise

By Carol Eisenberg   |   May 28, 2008 at 8:15am   |   4 Comments

To a degree unlike any other city in America, Chicago is identified with its black elite. Locals joke that you can find more black millionaires per square foot at the Chicago Urban League’s annual dinner than you can anywhere in the world.

Brad Pitt and his Frank Lloyd Wright dreams

By Ali Jones   |   February 28, 2008 at 9:25am   |   0 Comments

Brad Pitt is unlikely to quit his day job, especially with a houseful of Jolie-Pitt munchkins. And judging from the picture of partner Angelina’s much talked about “bump” during this past weekend’s Independent Spirit Awards, child number five may be on the way.

Surprise, Maria Shriver endorses Obama

By Gary Jacobson   |   February 3, 2008 at 10:27pm   |   0 Comments

Last week California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed Republican John McCain for president. Sunday, the governor’s wife, Maria Shriver, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama.

A star-studded presidential campaign

By Emily Morgan   |   January 10, 2008 at 4:15pm   |   0 Comments

Celebrity support, always important in national campaigns, is likely to play an increasing role in the high-cost, heated presidential campaign of 2008.

When it comes to good-looking supporters, Barack Obama leads the pack, with Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, and George Clooney. And of course, there’s his powerhouse stumper, Oprah Winfrey.

Hillary Clinton is backed by a slightly older, more established, show business crowd which includes Chevy Chase, Danny DeVito, Rob Reiner and Steven Spielberg.

Make way for Rachael Ray

By Ali Jones   |   January 5, 2008 at 6:13am   |   1 Comments

Move over Martha Stewart because Rachael Ray’s souffle is rising.

In a year that saw the share price of the once-mighty Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia sag precipitously, Stewart dropped off Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women.

Ray, meanwhile, strengthened her claim as America’s new domestic diva in 2007. She signed a new contract with Food Network, and pulled down $16 million for her thriving year-old network television talk show.

Rob Reiner packs political wallop

By A. James Memmott   |   November 11, 2007 at 8:57am   |   0 Comments

Not every candidate would welcome an endorsement from a guy known as “Meathead.”

But when that guy is Rob Reiner — Meathead in the 1970s television hit All in the Family — you take the endorsement and run.

Reiner, the 62-year-old actor, director, comedian and political activist, and one of the most connected people in Hollywood and Democratic politics, came out for Hillary Rodham Clinton in September.

NBC Universal buying Oxygen Media

By Laurie Bennett   |   October 9, 2007 at 5:50pm   |   1 Comments

Oprah Winfrey just got a little richer.

NBC Universal announced today that it would buy Oxygen Media, the cable TV network founded by Winfrey, CEO Geraldine Laybourne and three TV producers, for $925 million.

The purchase is yet another indication from NBC Universal that it is targeting women viewers. Other Universal properties with significant female audiences include iVillage, Bravo and the Today show.

Oprah and Maya disagree on 2008 choices

By Laurie Bennett   |   July 14, 2007 at 12:49pm   |   1 Comments

Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou are the best of friends.

But, as the New York Times notes today, they’re likely to avoid talking politics.

Winfrey endorsed Obama on “Larry King Live” in May, and is planning a fundraiser for him at her California home. Angelou is featured on Clinton’s web site, backing her candidacy and describing the importance of women running for high office.

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