Oprah Winfrey is seriously considering running for president in the next US election according to several sources – including her long-time partner.
Her moving speech at the Golden Globes as she accepted the Cecil B. de Mille Award for her contribution to the entertainment industry – becoming the first black woman to do so – had the feel of a political candidate’s, and after the ceremony her partner Stedman Graham was asked if Oprah would ever consider running for office.
“It’s up to the people,” Graham frankly told the Los Angeles Times.
“She would absolutely do it.”
Meryl Streep, a long-time acquaintance of Winfrey’s, backed the idea.
“She launched a rocket tonight,” Streep told the Washington Post.
“I want her to run for president. I don’t think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn’t have a choice.”
Meanwhile CNN reports two close friends of the talk show host turned media mogul told the publication she is “actively thinking” about running for president, and that many of her close friends have been urging her to launch a campaign.
Interestingly Winfrey shares some similarities with President Donald Trump.
She’s almost as wealthy as Trump, with a personal net worth of about US $2.9 billion, compared to Trump’s estimated $3.1 billion.
Winfrey has almost as many Twitter followers as the current US president, clocking up 41 million compared to his 46 million.
Like Trump, Oprah is a talented self-promoter. She’s been a household name for decades, appears on the cover of Oprah magazine every month, and she recently signed on as a ‘special contributor’ on 60 Minutes in the US, making her one of the most recognisable personalities in the country and arguably the world – a factor that certainly helped Trump to garner a following.
A few years ago it would have seemed inconceivable – not to mention a bad idea – for someone with no political experience to run for president. But in this post-Trump world, it’s apparent anyone with the wealth, will and popularity stands a chance.
Watch this space.