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Oprah Winfrey is one in a billion

By Frances Burscough

One of my own greatest heroes was out at the BAFTAs on Sunday, dressed in a gorgeous plum-coloured, all-over lace gown and looking like a million dollars.

Well, she should really. Oprah Winfrey is, after all, one of the richest and most powerful women on the planet. But it's not her wealth that makes her such a role model, it's what she does with it.

Not many billionaires give away almost as much as they earn, but Oprah always has and probably always will. Every year of the past decade she donates around $40m to charities across the world.

And last November she even sold the entire contents of her California home in a giant garage sale to raise a further $600,000 to fund an education programme in South Africa. It's a shame she didn't win the Bafta for her role in the film The Butler, but I'm sure she won't lose too much sleep over it. In fact, with such a generous heart and clear conscience, Oprah should sleep peacefully every night.

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