By 1989, she was the richest woman on TV.

By 1995, a net-worth of $340 million made her the only black to rank among the 400 richest Americans.

From 2004 to 2007, she towered as the World’s only truly black billionaire (Blarabs and Blasians don’t count if they’re less than 50% sub-Saharan).

And then last month Oprah went where few billionaires of any race get to go.  Bloomberg’s list of the 500 richest people on the planet, thanks to soaring Weight Watchers stock.

Like Warren Buffett, Oprah has the self-awareness to only invest in what she understands and no one understands the psychology of American dieters better than Oprah.

When Donald Trump was on Oprah’s syndicated show years ago, he praised her for all the money she made in real-estate.  Other people in Trump’s social circle were gossiping about all the money Oprah was blowing on houses, saying what the hell is she doing, but Oprah’s return on investment shut them all up, Trump noted.

“God’s not making anymore land,” said Oprah, explaining her common sense investment strategy.

Perhaps one of the secrets to Oprah’s success is she’s about as smart as a person can be without being a nerd. Americans with IQs more than 3 standard deviations below the white mean tend to have organic conditions like Down Syndrome.  Americans with IQs more than 3 standard deviations above the white mean tend to be nerds.  Of course many organics will have IQs much higher than 55, and most nerds have IQs way lower than 145, but roughly speaking, biological normality ranges from 55 to 145.  There’s no evidence that any U.S. president in the last 200 years has been above 150 (white norms) and that makes sense because presidents should look and sound like the people they govern, and nerds look and sound very different.

So should Oprah run for President?  That was the question the World was asking after she gave one of the best speeches of the 21st century at the 2018 Golden Globes.  Returning to the cover of Vogue magazine 20 years after she appeared in 1998, she was asked that very question.

“In that political structure –- all the non-truths, the bulls–t, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on –- I feel like I could not exist,” Oprah stated. “I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business.”

Is Oprah too low on psychopathy to run for president?  Indeed one reason Oprah made a better talk show host than a news woman is talk show hosts are allowed to show emotion while journalists should be objective.  We want our journalists to be psychopathic enough that they can remain detached, though not so psychopathic that they fabricate the news.

Because Oprah’s smarter than most billionaires and power elites, she didn’t need to be a borderline psychopath to achieve such wealth and influence.  On the other hand, Oprah’s one of the best actors in Hollywood, so her low psychopathy could be shtick.


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