Net worth: $2.8 Billion
Country: United States
Source of wealth: Television – Harpo Productions
Overall Forbes rank: Tied for #503
Oprah has her own eponymous magazine and a fledgling cable network, OWN, which looks to be gaining steam after a rocky start. (Thanks to a deal with Comcast, OWN is available to 83 million households.) But the majority of her wealth comes from her long-running daytime talk show, which ended in 2011, and production company, Harpo, a major player in daytime televisions syndication, with a stake in the Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray, and Dr. Oz shows.
As in previous years, the Forbes Billionaires List is dominated by inherited money, particularly with women. The Top 5 men on the Forbes List made their own fortunes, but the top-ranked woman who didn’t inherit or marry into the bulk of her money comes in all the way down at #195.