Oprah set to expand her $2.7billion empire even further with organic food and bathroom products from her farm in Maui
23:35 GMT, 12 November 2012
Oprah Organics: It looks like media mogul Oprah Winfrey, 58, is expanding her empire to include the organic food business
The Oprah empire already includes a television network, satellite radio show, lifestyle website, magazine and even a school in South Africa.
Now, it looks like media mogul Oprah Winfrey, 58, is delving into the world of organic products.
Several applications to trademark 'Oprah’s Organics,' for bath soaps, sunscreen, massage oils,
hair products, as well as organic salad dressings, frozen vegetables,
soups, beverages and snack dips, were filed late last month according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization.
Applications for an 'Oprah’s Farm'
trademark for a beverage and catering service, as well as 'Oprah’s
Harvest' were also recently submitted – the addresses of which include
the Wilshire Boulevard location of Ms Winfrey’s business and the Chicago
offices of Winfrey’s Harpo Inc.
Her $2.7billion empire also includes a
girls’ school in South Africa, as well as hundreds of acres of land in
Maui, which include a large farm and a bed and breakfast.
A representative for Ms Winfrey told
The New York Post: 'The trademarks were filed for Oprah’s farm on Maui
to enable the farm to grow and distribute produce on Maui and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.'
Ms Winfrey, who has spent most of
2012 splitting her time between her new home base since she left
Chicago, in Montecito, Calififornia, and New Orleans, where she is
starring in a film called The Butler, opposite Forest Whitaker, due out
in 2013, topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid celebrities this year earning an estimated $165 million.
Raised by a mother on welfare in a poor urban neighborhood, Ms Winfrey became a millionaire at age 32 after her talk show went national.
The show's success enabled her to be In a position to negotiate ownership of the show, where she also started her own production company.
At age 41, Winfrey had a net worth of $340million and replaced Bill Cosby as the only African American on the Forbes 400.
Oprah's farm: Her $2.7billion empire also includes acres of land in Maui, with a large farm and a bed and breakfast – an Oprah representative revealed her land and the new trademark go hand in hand
The philanthropist continues to support educational causes, spending over $100million on her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
As of 2012, Winfrey had also given over 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Between 2004 and 2010 she ranked among the 50 most generous Americans, and according to Forbes, her lifetime giving is estimated at $400million.