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(Slideshow) Oprah Winfrey: The World’s Most Influential Woman

Using her power (and money) for good.

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Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her award-winning talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated programme of its kind in history. Her interview with Michael Jackson was the fourth most watched American TV event, with 36.5 million viewers.

Winfrey has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century. She is the only person in the world to have appeared in the Times list of ‘the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century’ every year from 2004-2011.

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As well as hosting and appearing on television shows, Winfrey co-founded the women’s cable television network Oxygen. She is also the president of Harpo Productions which, together with Discovery Communications, produces the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a general entertainment television channel. It launched on 1 January 2011 into 80 million homes.

The Oprah Winfrey O magazine

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The O magazine

Winfrey is also involved in publishing, including magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine and, for a four-year-period, she published a magazine called O at Home. In 2002, Fortune called O, the Oprah Magazine the most successful start-up ever in the industry. Winfrey has also co-authored five books.

Dominating all media

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On the airwaves too

In 2006, Winfrey signed a $55 million contract to establish a new radio channel. The channel, Oprah Radio, features popular contributors to The Oprah Winfrey Show and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Oprah’s Angel Network

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In 1998 Winfrey created the Oprah’s Angel Network, a charity that supported charitable projects and provided grants to non-profit organisations around the world. The charity, which raised more than $80 000 000, was dissolved to coincide with the ending of The Oprah Winfrey Show. However, Oprah’s new cable network, OWN, continues to highlight charitable organisations. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Oprah created the Oprah Angel Network Katrina registry, which raised more than $11 million for relief efforts.

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

Winfrey invested $40 million and some of her time establishing the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Henley on Klip, south of Johannesburg, South Africa. The school opened in January 2007 with an enrolment of 150 pupils (increasing to 450) and features state-of-the-art classrooms, computer and science laboratories, a library, theatre and beauty salon.

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Alison Job holds a BA English, Communications and has extensive experience in writing that spans news broadcasting, public relations and corporate and consumer publishing. Find her at Google+.

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(Slideshow) Nataniël: SA’s Singer/Songwriter & Kaalkop Entertainer

South Africa’s very own controversial celeb, Nataniël, has everyone eating at his table.

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Nataniël le Roux

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Since his solo career launch in 1987, the prolific Nataniël le Roux has released over 15 albums, published 14 books and staged over 60 original theatre shows.

The Kaalkop

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Kaalkop columns

Nataniël’s honesty in his Kaalkop columns in Sarie magazine over the past 10 years have caused the readers to see him in a new light. His new book Kaalkop 3 combines 54 of his articles from Sarie with new recipes to try out.

Kaalkop Studio

Kaalkop Studio

Kaalkop Studio

Kaalkop Studio, Nataniël’s lifestyle retail company, has recently expanded its beauty range to paper products made from recycled paper and sustainable sources. In addition to its luxurious beauty range, the outlet also sells necklaces, items for the kitchen and Kaalkop coffee.

Nataniël is also the manager of his own recording label, Nataniël House Of Music.

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Nataniël is not only one of SA’s leading performers, he is also a firm advocate of children’s rights. He has been working with Child Welfare South Africa as one of its high profile ambassadors, working tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for CWSA.

He has also started his own charity called The Nataniel Progress Project.

Die Nataniël Tafel

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Die Nataniël Tafel

His show on kykNET!, Die Nataniël Tafel, keeps viewers riveted with witticisms and food fit for a king, stories full of flavour and food for special occasions. Nataniël’s passion for good food comes from a very young age.

Originally inspired by a grandmother with a true love for the kitchen, and later nurtured by his friendhips with several South African food personalities and favourite chefs, his cooking and entertainment skills are legendary.

And last but not least, who can forget Nataniël’s extremely funny advertisements for a retail chain with chef Gordon Ramsay?

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(Slideshow) Gordon Ramsay: Controversial but Successful

Love him or hate him, Gordon Ramsay is a world-class chef and his no-nonsense advice gets the message across every time.

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Work with the best, to be the best

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If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that’s exactly what I did.

What is your next cow?

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I don’t like looking back. I’m always constantly looking forward. I’m not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I’m too busy looking for the next cow.

Look at your passion

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I still love football and I think cooking is like football. It’s not a job, it’s a passion. When you become good at it, it’s a dream job and financially you need never to worry. Ever.

Game Over – Thanks for playing

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The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody’s ego, that’s it, game over.

Push yourself to the extreme

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As a soccer player, I wanted an FA Cup winner’s medal. As an actor you want an Oscar. As a chef it’s three-Michelin’s stars, there’s no greater than that. So pushing yourself to the extreme creates a lot of pressure and a lot of excitement, and more importantly, it shows on the plate.

Stay on track

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Stay fit!

The pressure on young chefs today is far greater than ever before in terms of social skills, marketing skills, cooking skills, personality and, more importantly, delivering on the plate. You need to be strong. Physically fit. So my chefs get weighed every time they come into the kitchen.

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(Slideshow) SA’s Power Couples

These are some impressive SA celebrity partnerships.

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Jerry and Claudine Mofokeng

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Jerry and Claudine Mofokeng

The renowned Jerry Mofokeng is a counsellor, actor and director. The South African legend has appeared in movies such as Cry, The Beloved Country, Mandela and De Klerk and Tsotsi. Jerry and his wife, Claudine, have been married for 33 years.

The Mofokengs are relationship counsellors who do presentations around the family institution to churches, business and social groups. Their seminars are also recorded on DVDs.

Heinz and Alette Winckler

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Heinz Winckler is an English and Afrikaans pop singer who won the first season of Idols. He has spent time travelling and performing abroad, including acting and singing in on-stage musicals. Winckler was also a coach on the third season of Patricia Lewis’s hit show Supersterre.

His wife, Alette is an image consultant. As a public figure and speaker she also shares her knowledge with women’s groups, corporates, churches, finishing schools, and brides. She writes a blog on Sarie magazine’s website and is working on a style manual.

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Lloyd and Janice Cele

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Idols runner up Lloyd Cele travels the country performing at live events. He is married to Janice and they have two sons. In addition to being nominated for top accolades, Cele is kept busy, recording songs with top producers, shooting videos and collaborating with leading SA artists.

He is currently lending his name and face to charitable organisations such as Reach For A Dream and the Domestos Toilet campaign, which builds new toilets in schools across SA.

He is also working on his autobiography.

Michelle and Riaan Garforth-Venter

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Michelle and Riaan Garforth-Venter are South Africa’s leading Eco-Warriors and one of SA’s most celebrated media power couples. Having made her start on television, Michelle has moved into producing and presenting programmes geared towards nature and wildlife – something she is incredibly passionate about.

Riaan is known to most South Africans as DIY guru, Die Nutsman. His love for the environment has led him to explore the idea of eco-friendly DIY projects.

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Danny K and Lisa Gundelfinger

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Danny K is a local RnB artist and humanitarian. He is married to former swimsuit model turned advocate, Lisa Gundelfinger. Danny joined forces with  Kabelo Mabalane to form SHOUT, a non-profit, anti-crime initiative which partnered with Crime Line to encourage South Africans to take a stand against crime.

In addition to touring and performing with international acts that include Craig David, U2, Beyonce and P Diddy, Danny K has also written and produced songs for the likes of Jamali, TK and Mandoza. He is also been writing a book which is coming out very soon.

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