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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    TELEVISION: Oprah Winfrey
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    Oprah Winfrey
    CEO, OWN

    Winfrey, 58, finally can claim some momentum at her fledgling network, with three straight quarters of ratings growth. Her footprint also includes O, The Oprah Magazine, a SiriusXM channel, 15 million Twitter followers, a Facebook page with nearly 8 million subscribers and a new content channel on Huffington Post.

    Who gave me my first big break: John Heidelberg, a radio disc jockey at WVOL in Nashville. He asked, "Would you like to hear your voice on tape, young lady?" I auditioned and was given the job that day.

    When I leave work each day, I can't wait to: Go home to my superpack: Luke, Layla, Lauren, Sunny and Sadie, my five dogs.

    Proudest accomplishment this year: OWN turned that corner. Woo-hoo!

    Can't get through my workday without: A cup of masala chai with extra ginger.

    What I'd tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: From Maya Angelou: "When people show you who they are, believe them the first time."

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