Talk show host-producer-publisher
Oprah Winfrey
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Oprah Winfrey made EW’s Power List

AGE 48

WHY HER With her top-rated talk-show contract ending in 2006, her eponymous magazine on solid footing, and hundreds of millions in the bank, America’s girlfriend may see some free time on the not-too-distant horizon. If early ratings are an indicator, Dr. Phil McGraw — whose Harpo-created yakker made the strongest talk-show syndie debut since Oprah herself started gabbing 16 years ago — will carry the torch. But the ”Beloved” guru isn’t immune to making a wrong move. After famously admitting she regretted giving Oxygen the rights to her show, she later renegotiated her deal with the ailing women’s network.