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Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Melinda Gates–it was a gathering of giants. Forbes simply had to take a picture. On June 26 Forbes convened the first-ever Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, a gathering of 161 billionaires and near-billionaires intent on solving the world’s most intractable problems. During a break in the action, twelve of the nation’s leading philanthropists sat for a group portrait by photographer Michael Prince in the Trustees Room at the New York Public Library. The net worth in the room: $126 billion. The historic photo folds out as the cover of the 30th annual Forbes 400 issue, the definitive ranking of America’s wealthiest people.

1. Oprah Winfrey (TV Personality) – $165 million

2. Michael Bay (film director) – $160 million

3. Steven Spielberg (film director) – $130 million

4. Jerry Bruckheimer (film director) – $115 million

5. Dr. Dre (music producer) – $110 million

6. Tyler Perry  (film director)- $105 million

7. Howard Stern (radio host) – $95 million

8. James Patterson (author) – $94 million

9. (tie) Simon Cowell (TV producer) – $90 million

9. (tie) George Lucas  (film director)- $90 million


Almost one year after its launch, Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN Network hasn’t exactly blown up as expected. The former talk-show hosts’ channel has introduced various shows like Oprah Presents: Master Class, The Rosie Show, Oprah’s Life Class and her BFF’s show, The Gayle King Show, with some reality shows in the mix.
Interesting enough, one of the newest shows, Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s has been doing the best when it comes to television views. The highest number of people viewing the show in one night was 418,000, with an average viewership of 216,000. And because of this, the OWN network is looking to possibly cater their programming and advertising more to the network’s African-American followers similar to VH1, who broadcast popular shows such as Love & Hip Hop and Family Hustle starring T.I. & Tiny:

“Anytime you have a program that pops like Sweetie Pie’s did, you start looking at what drove it,” Logan tells Adweek. “And we saw that the African-American audience really had a connection with that show. . . . We’re going to look at ways to nurture and grow that.”
“We’re not going to sell out and just chase one demographic or segment,” he said. “We’re going to nurture the success we had with Sweetie Pies. . . . [But] it is our job to strike a balance. The Oprah brand is not niche. The Oprah brand is very broad. How we translate that to the screen is the challenge we have.”


GWOP Magazine staff has released our list of #GWOP top African American Female Entrepreneurs.  These black women work in various industries from media to politics. These women all have excellent leadership qualities management skills and innovative ideas that lead to their success.  Checkout the full list after the jump.

Beyonce & Oprah

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Forbes dropped a list of the Women who matter the most across the world this week, with the top 100 most powerful women.  They are politicians, CEOs, bankers, cultural icons, billionaires and entrepreneurs.  Take a look at the full list after the jump.

1st Lady Michelle Obama & Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey pictured above

Top 100 Most Powerful Women 2k11

1.  Oprah Winfrey, media mogul, owner of OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)

estimated earnings: $315 million

2.  Tyler Perry, director/producer

estimated earnings: $125 million

3.  Tiger Woods, pro golfer

estimated earnings: $105 million

4.  Beyonce’, singer, actress, entertainer

estimated earnings: $87 million
Beyonce(#2) and Oprah(#1) pictured above
#1 Oprah Winfrey (Media Mogul) Pay: $315 million
News that this coming season of The Oprah Winfrey Show will be her last helped the self-made billionaire gain more media attention than any other member of the Celebrity 100. Her Harpo production company, which sparked the careers of Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray and Dr. Oz, will introduce interior designer Nate Berkus this fall. Months later, the list’s top-earner will add the lifestyle-themed Oprah Winfrey Network in partnership with Discovery Communications to her media empire.
#2 Beyonce (Musician) Pay: $87 million
One half of the most famous couple in hip-hop, Beyoncé continues to expand her business empire beyond music. Endorsement deals with companies ranging from Nintendo to L’Oreal and her growing House of Dereon fashion line bring in millions of dollars per year on top of the $86 million she grossed from a 93-stop world tour.
#3 James Cameron (director/producer) Pay: $210 million
As the director of the highest grossing film of all time, Cameron is definitely “king of the world.” Avatar has earned $2.7 billion at the box office alone and has changed the way Hollywood makes films. In the near future almost every studio blockbuster will be released in 3-D. Cameron is already at work on Avatar 2.
Checkout the Full Top 10 list below to see if your favorite Celeb is getting that GWOP!
Rank Name Pay ($mil) TV/Radio Rank Press Rank Web Rank Social Rank
1 Winfrey, Oprah 315 1 5 5 11
2 Knowles, Beyonce 87 9 13 2 15
3 Cameron, James 210 21 9 20 81
4 Gaga, Lady Gaga 62 13 4 1 1
5 Woods, Tiger 105 7 6 35 34
6 Spears, Britney 64 15 24 3 2
7 U2 130 54 18 11 28
8 Bullock, Sandra 56 6 21 17 62
9 Depp, Johnny Depp 75 34 22 16 21
10 Madonna 58 16 3 4 33
For full list of Top 100 earning celebs visit FORBES.COM
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