Talk show host, media director, and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. The broadcast of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from Chicago gave her immense fame and reputation. She has established herself as the richest African American of the 20th century and the first black billionaire in North America with her hard work. Oprah Winfrey is a hero because she uses her past experiences to inform, support and help others, uses her money, fame and time to help people, and shows incredible emotional and spiritual strength. Oprah had a miserable childhood filled with poverty and suffering that guided her on the path to philanthropy. She also had a frightening rape experience when she was just a little girl. To spread awareness regarding children's education and women's empowerment, she has formed three non-profit organizations called The Angel Network, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, The Angel Network, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation. Her commitment to humanitarian activities is evidenced by her work. She has been recognized as the most influential figure around the world as an advocate of making the world a better place to live in.