American media mogul Oprah Winfrey has achieved another milestone.
Her fortune hit a record US$4 billion on Monday to make her the first black female entrepreneur on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index – a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people. She is ranked at 494, just behind Mark Cuban and Ross Perot.
Winfrey, 64, can largely thank the performance of Weight Watchers International for this latest marker.
Her fortune has increased by US$427 million this year as the company’s share price has more than doubled.
The weight-loss company has mounted a comeback since 2015, when she bought a stake and agreed to pitch the brand.
The bulk of her fortune comes from ownership of the The Oprah Winfrey Show, which had a 25-year run.
The founder of her own cable network, Winfrey just announced a partnership with Apple to produce original programmes and content.
Her inclusion brings the total number of women on the list to 65 and the number of female entrepreneurs to six.