Skip to main content

Harpo, Inc.

Created by

Harpo, Inc., was founded in 1986 by Oprah Winfrey to represent her various business interest. Harpo Inc. encompasses the corporate headquarters for the Harpo families of businesses, and includes all service departments, such as Accounting, Human Resources and Technology, that support there various business units. Harpo is most notable for producing the day time talk shows The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil. 

The Harpo families of businesses include: 

Harpo Films

Harpo Films, Inc. harnesses the power of film to entertain, provoke thought and compel action. As an active supplier of motion pictures, we develop and produce award-winning feature films and long-form television programs, including the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" telefilms for the ABC Television Network. Harpo Films is based in Los Angeles.

Harpo Radio

Harpo Radio, Inc. brings a message of personal empowerment to a worldwide audience, producing inspirational, unique content for the Oprah & Friends channel (156 on XM Satellite Radio / DirecTV Channel 807).

Harpo Studios

Harpo Studios is home to television?s number one talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Based in Chicago, Harpo Studios is also home to Emmy Award winning teams in production design, lighting, camera work, editing, audio direction and graphic design.

The Oprah Winfrey Show

The mission statement for The Oprah Winfrey Show is to use television to transform people’s lives; to uplift, entertain and enlighten; to make viewers see themselves differently; and to bring a sense of fulfillment into every home.

Watched by an estimated 48 million people in the United States each week, The Oprah Winfrey Show is the undisputed leader of daytime television. Echoing its ratings success, the program and its host have been honored with many of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting, including more than 40 Daytime Emmy® Awards.

Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundations

Referred to collectively as The Oprah Winfrey Foundations, three separate philanthropic entities form the core of the gracious charitable work of Oprah Winfrey.

The Oprah Winfrey Foundation is a private foundation that, through grantmaking and direct charitable activities, offers educational opportunities and enhances the quality of life for children and families throughout the world.

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation is a foundation that operates The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa.

Oprah's Angel Network is a public charity that inspires people to make a difference in the lives of others.

Each of these are separate 501(c)(3) organizations, although all three share a similar focus – providing assistance in the form of grants and other funding, or operating, projects that inspire while building stronger people through better opportunities. The Oprah Winfrey Foundations are all based in Chicago, IL.

Television Development Group

Launched on September 13, 2006, the Television Development Group of Harpo Productions, Inc. is committed to using the established platform of The Oprah Winfrey Show to help develop additional projects and talent that extend beyond this individual program.

The Television Development Group spearheads long-term growth by creating new television programming and media opportunities for the company through a variety of formats including syndication, network, cable and digital.

Oprah Store

Located on the south corner of Washington and Carpenter streets, The Oprah Store is the first free-standing retail store for Harpo, Inc.  The Oprah Store is a specialty store offering merchandise that represents the style and taste Oprah celebrates and shares on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and in the pages of O, The Oprah Magazine and O At Home Magazine.

Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)

The new multi-platform media venture will debut in 2009 in more than 70 million homes, on what is currently the Discovery Health Channel. The venture will also include the award-winning digital platform,

OWN’s mission is to create multiple platforms for women, men and their families with a purpose and a passion: to celebrate life, to inspire and entertain, empowering viewers around the world to live their best lives, and by doing so, lift the lives of those around them in ever-widening circles.

OWN staff and operations will be based in Los Angeles.

Contact Information

110 N. Carpenter St.

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: 312-633-1000

Fax: 312-633-1976



Senior Management

Chairman: Oprah Winfrey

President: Tim Bennett

CFO: Doug Pattison

Executive VP Marketing and Development: Harriet Seitler

Executive VP Creative Development: Valerie Schaer

Director of Media and Corporate Relations: Lisa Halliday


Industry Information


Financial Highlights

Fiscal Year End: December

Revenue (2007): $350 M

Employees (2007): 410

Company Type : Private

Recently Added Black Executives

  • Chris Winton

    Chris Winton is Champion of the People at Tesla, Inc., since December 2022. Mr. Winton, who spent nearly 25 years at FedEx, most recently served…

  • Tyler Scriven

    Created by

    Tyler Scriven is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Saltbox, Inc., a logistics pioneer since April 2019. The company offers adaptable office…

  • Ebony Beckwith

    Created by

    Ebony Beckwith is Salesforce’s Chief Business Officer and Chief of Staff to Marc Benioff. In this role, Ms. Beckwith is responsible for aligning the…

Latest News & Articles

FTC: Black Entrepreneur & Executive Profiles is reader supported, we may earn income on affiliate links. You support us by using our links to buy products, it will cost you nothing extra.

We also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Learn more...