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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.

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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

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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11 Celebrities That Are Profiting From Their Investments In The Lucrative Pot Industry

Expect to see the usual suspects on this list of well-known cannabis investors, as well as some surprises that know a good investment when they see it.

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The number of marijuana-friendly states in America is steadily growing, with Canada becoming the second country to fully legalise cannabis. Considering the local developments that have made the personal use of marijuana legal, it may be time to start investigating the profitability of a cannabis company, like these celebrities did.

Cannabis stocks are also skyrocketing, in 2016 the cannabis stock index grew by 236%, according to Viridian Capital Advisors, a financial advisory firm specialising in the marijuana industry. A new report from New Frontier Data reveals that the legal cannabis market will create more than a quarter million jobs in the USA by 2020.

Forbes also reports that in 2016, the legal cannabis market was worth $7.2 billion, and is projected to grow 17% year-on-year, resulting in a $13.3 billion in medicinal marijuana and $11.2 billion in adult recreational sales by 2020.

Here are the 11 celebrities that saw this trend coming and have invested in the lucrative marijuana industry:

  1. Bob Marley
  2. Whoopi Goldberg
  3. Mike Tyson
  4. Woody Harrelson
  5. Wiz Khalifa
  6. Gene Simmons
  7. Willie Nelson
  8. The Game
  9. Richard Branson
  10. Snoop Dogg
  11. Melissa Etheridge
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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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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

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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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Nataniel Child Welfare South Africa

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.

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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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Chef-Benny-Masekwameng-Celebrity Entrepreneurs-Cool BuinessChef Benny Masekwameng is a homegrown South African celebrity chef who hails from Alexandra township. Find Out More About His Success Here.

 

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