Oprah Winfrey is one of the most famous and richest women in the world, with a net worth of $2.9 billion. Her empire includes the TV network OWN, two Oprah magazines (O and The Oprah Magazine) and the production company Harpo, just to name a few. Yet, she doesn’t feel the need to mother children or even tie the knot with boyfriend since 1986, Stedman Graham.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 59 year old business mogul confessed that she has no regrets not having kids because she had to concentrating on her busy career. "If I had kids, my kids would hate me," she told the paper, "They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah Show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them."
Oprah who just won the Sherry Lansing Leadership Awards and an SAG nomination hot The Butler, stated that 'I was day dreaming about how I could be Martin Luther King' hence kids were out of the picture. She further discussed her struggles launching her TV network OWN, her financial success and reports she suffered a nervous breakdown in 2012, "I never had a nervous breakdown," she explained, "I thought that was such sensational exploitation."
Well, fame comes with a price and Oprah is no exception to that. The famous talk show host admitted that being the richest person in her family puts too much pressure on her, "When you're the most successful person in your family, in your neighborhood and in your town, everybody thinks you're the First National Bank,' she says, "And you have to figure out for yourself where those boundaries are.
She adds: 'I got to the point where nobody ever asked me for anything less than $5,000. I felt pressured for a long time to say yes, because I thought, "I can't lie and say I don't have it.
'My salary is printed in the paper,"' I've bought more houses and cars than I can even tell you."
Oprah has famously never married or had kid, but she’s known for her philanthropic efforts, having opened a successful school for girls in South Africa; donating almost $100 million to the institution amongst other things. She’s now one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment list [according to The Hollywood Reporter] and she is still very much into making more money and accumulating more power.
Why would the great Oprah Winfrey not have kids to live in her well constructed dream world?