Oprah Reveals Exactly Why Nearing Her 70th Birthday Feels ‘So Good’

The wildly successful American television host has no plans to slow down.
Oprah Winfrey poses in a bright purple dress and round wire-rimmed glasses and smiles for the camera.

Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah Winfrey is, beyond a doubt, an icon in every sense of the word. In her nearly 70 years of life, she has made a name for herself that won’t soon be forgotten. After years and years of hosting her namesake program, The Oprah Winfrey Show, she is no doubt one of the faces of the American talk show genre—the very name you conjure up when you consider the programs as a whole.

This year, she made Forbeslist of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, landing at No. 13 in the rankings with estimated earnings of $2.5 billion. The difference between Winfrey’s success and that of many other billionaires, though, has been her ability to use it for the good of others.

“The reason why 70 feels so solid and feels so good is because I didn’t have to harm anybody in the process,” she said of her lengthy career in a recent interview with People. “Not only did I not harm, I actually brought a lot of joy to people.”

At almost 70 years old—her milestone birthday is in late January—Winfrey is still on her way up, and she doesn’t seem to have plans to stop anytime soon. “I still continue to rise, and I’m in a space now where my offering is to help other people to rise,” she told People. “The principle that is the underbelly, the cornerstone for how I operate in the world… Life is better when you share it.”

And she has certainly done just that.

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Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.