Oprah set to earn big bucks on national tour

She will likely receive millions for each stop in the 8-city arena series, making her one of the highest-paid public speakers around.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 1, 2014 4:39PM
By Claire Suddath, Businessweek

Oprah Winfrey is coming to your city. And your city. And your city. And in doing so, she's about to clean up.


Winfrey is embarking on an eight-city arena tour called "Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend," which is being billed as a real-life reinterpretation of her original Chicago talk show. 

Each tour stop will last two days, during which Oprah will share her personal success story and interview self-help gurus such as Rob Bell and "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth GilbertFile photo of Oprah Winfrey on October 25, 2012 (© Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)


Events will take place at huge, 18,000-seat arenas, and ticket prices range from $99 to $999, which means Oprah can expect to make an estimated $1.8 million to $18 million per city. Not all of that money will go directly to her, of course, but she will get a lot of it; the events are a partnership between her Harpo Studios, her O magazine, her OWN cable network, and William Morris Endeavor.


Assuming Winfrey's fans still buy into the Oprah lifestyle, "The Life You Want" will make her one of the highest-paid public speakers around. She's already well above Zig Ziglar, the late Christian self-help guru and author of the 1970s book "See You at the Top," who was paid $70,000 per speech (adjusted for inflation). In 2008, Malcolm Gladwell was raking in about $80,000 per gig, and in 2010 Politico reported that Sarah Palin’s price tag was $100,000.


Winfrey is already commanding prices as high as Tony Robbins, whose 2012 "Unleash the Power Within" seminar charged 6,000 attendees from $600 to $2,000 to, among other things, walk over burning coals, bringing in an estimated $3.6 million to $12 million. Although she still has a few people to beat -- namely, the Clintons.


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  Just go away, Oprah. Go spend your billions with your never-wed boyfriend and annoying, talentless, friend Gayle (& take Lohan with you).  Stay away, and never come back.  Your high & mighty attitude is rampant EVERY time you speak, with glaring hypocrisy shining through relentlessly.  From the school you founded in Africa with admission rules you yourself could not have passed as a child, to the BIG-MOUTHED, lying statements proclaimed on your show regarding the innocence of Terrence Howard's murdering father being not guilty of his crime even though an appeals court upheld his conviction (The creep stabbed & killed a guy here in the Cleveland area in front of his family while they were all waiting in line to see Santa Claus!!!), to never even contacting the victim's family or giving them a chance to rebut your lies, to your disparaging comments crippling the beef industry, to promoting your Lying Book Club's selections, to the giant-tent house dresses and Nell Carter "Give Me A Break" haircut you sported when you first infected the national scene. 

  There is a whole legion of us out here who care nothing about what you have to say or how you feel about anything.  We were disgusted by your narcissistic appearance on EVERY SINGLE COVER of your worthless magazine, and sickened when you immediately launched your own television channel right after "retiring."  (We thought we would finally "Get A Break" from you.) And, by the way, do you know why you have never been on the Daily Show, as you so pompously questioned John Stewart?  It's because you don't deserve to be!!! (&, I hope they NEVER make the mistake of letting you on to spew your vile rhetoric...)

Apr 1, 2014 8:16PM
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Orca is the biggest money whore in the history of the world.

To the people that spend their hard earned money to listen to this washed up media whore, you really need to get a life. She does not give a damn about many of you. She only wants your money.

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So will she take responsibility for our nation when it plumets into the abyss or will she run like all the other milionaires-to-billionaires when those at the bottom finally get real and go nuts?
Apr 1, 2014 8:26PM
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If people were thinkers they would not go to see this old bag. She is just a money grubber.

Never will get any of my money. Don't subscribe to her mags or anything she has a hand in.

Apr 1, 2014 8:42PM
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She won't get much now as she has shown her politics and this will kill the love they had for her. She fooled many for far too long. Good day for the announcement though......April fool's
Apr 1, 2014 7:13PM
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The majority of her audience was white when she had her Oprah show.  Now why was this?  So who will show up to these arenas?  That is all you need to know.
Apr 1, 2014 11:01PM
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I think Racist Oprah has made quite ENOUGH MONEY from the American Public.....including the rich, the poor and all those in between....Your opinion of yourself is much higher than ours is of you.....


Apr 1, 2014 9:08PM
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It is the only way she can make any money these days.  OWN is killing her.  Cant say that makes me sad.
Apr 2, 2014 12:12AM
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I would like to add Miss Winfrey used to be one of the nicest, caring people I knew.

And she might remember me, maybe not. Who cares, so what? Anyway there is a lot

of hate out there towards Miss Winfrey. Yes she has wealth equal to Athina Onnasis, but

unlike Ms. Onnasis  She worked very hard to earn her money. Sure there are scattered bodies

strewn across the desert to fame and stardom, me being one of them. But I don't begrudge her

the right to take this show of hers on the road, so to speak.

I have some wonderful memories of long ago and despite Miss Winfrey's indifference towards me

personally I always pray that she will meet my parents again one day. I was just at their house

and there was a picture of them with a pre-famous billionaire Oprah. And I was glad they kept it.

That was a long ago, many years ago someone else ago Oprah. I miss that person and know she is gone forever.

Her show, performance, concert, whatever will be crossing close to me. But I would not pay to

go see her. But she will sell out all cities within one hour of going on sale to the general public and I am happy for that.  But I close by asking the haters to be a little more compassionate. That's all.

All Good Things to you.   

All Good Things.

  

Apr 2, 2014 12:47AM
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I'm not an Oprah fan  but I doubt if she cares what we think. I give her credit, she definitely made the right decisions on her career.
Apr 2, 2014 12:04AM
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nocareerpoliticians and some of you others--It's too bad that you all have a terminal illness. Being completely brainless doesn't have a cure, as yet. Maybe one day brain transplants will be available. Doesn't it bother any of you that one day you will have an accounting? The Golden Rule comes from God. I can think of so many people who are wealthy, that I have never heard of them doing anything good for anyone except themselves. Like Donald Trump, for instance. Talk about an egotist. One person had to mention Oprah's long time boyfriend. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" It's more becoming for a person to be fat, than have a fat and foul mouth! It's good to know that there are still decent people in this world, such as Count The Cost and C_D_J55. It is two weeks away from the day that God's beloved Son laid down His life to give us the opportunity to save ours. Where do you want to be in the resurrection?
Apr 2, 2014 2:03AM
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Ever since Oprah said she wants my parents to die I have lost respect for her!  Now I just want her to go away and die!  Equality means when you say something be prepared for it to come back to you!  You used to be a good role model now just a poor excuse for a rich women!
Apr 1, 2014 10:17PM
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So much jealousy of Ms. O, by the usual suspects.

Nuthin' but jealousy from goobers, 'baggernuts, trailer trash, and wishful receivers of their right-wing, "trickle-down economics" checks. The same fools who sneak out to their mailboxes to claim them thar checks.

Haaaaaaahaaaaaaahhh! Oh, the amount of pure jealousy! Nuthin' but!! Haaaaahhaaaahh!!

Troll on, whiners. Troll on. Jealousy! Jealousy! Jealousy! Just plain ol' jealousy!

I'm "LAFFING" atcha!

Apr 2, 2014 1:31AM
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When is this big-mouthed, racist bitch going to take a hike..............permanently? Doesn't she realize that her day in the sun has turned her into a raisin? Is it the money or is it the paranoia of delusion that she would even think she was relevant anymore? Her OWN network has been a media disaster, so now she is out to recoup the loss by trotting her fat **** across the country with her cavalcade of losers (i.e. Gayle, Lindsay, Steadman, Dr.'s  Phil and Oz,  etc. )  What a joke. 
Apr 1, 2014 9:16PM
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Not a fan of Oprah, but if she can persuade you to come to her event for two days, during which she will share her personal success story (which everyone already knows) and interview self-help gurus such as  and "Eat, Pray, Love" author .,.  This is just a kickoff of a tour for these two authors to push their book.
Apr 1, 2014 10:18PM
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I find it interesting that Oprah seeks to distroy the very things that gave her the money and power. She should be the poster child for what being an American means. She came from poverty and made herself a billionaire. There is no better accomplishment a person can make. However, When you take a closer look you figure out who see really is. Someone with her accomplishments should be reminding people why our forefathers built this country. We are suppose to be a free nation with a constitution ensuring those rights but instead she gives us a liberal anti-American marxist pig who seeks to distroy us because he was raised in Indonesia and spent his life trying to figure out how to distroy the greatest country there has ever been. He is not an American citizen and is not legal to be our president. Oprah should be tried for treason along with most of our current congress, our media and people like Bill Ayers and George Soros.

I believe that God is in charge and he is giving we the people this opportunity to learn and be reminded of what he and our forefathers warned us of. The enemy within. Don't vote for any incumbants and lets take our country back. We built Oprah and we can take her down. Where will all those liberal idiots be then?

Apr 2, 2014 2:55AM
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All that money and just like M.J. can't get rid of the racist black color !!! Poor fat ni--er girl!!!!!!!!!
Apr 1, 2014 10:19PM
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I feel so sorry for all of you who have made negative comments about someone you don't know personally.  You all need Jesus and prayer.  I mean I really feel sorry for all of you.  This why this world is the way it is.  We need more people who can plant love in people's hearts and not hate. You all obviously don't like yourselves or anything you've done with your lives. You're bad mouthing a woman who had gone through all that she had in her childhood and built an empire. She did it through her gifts and hard work. Because of your hatred and jealously, you minimize it by call her a whore and fat pig. You all are so sad and your hatred will compromise your own lives and that of your families. People who will listen to her is what separates them from you.  You will always be sad and hateful people. The word says to count your days. You're clearly spending a lot of your days in hatred and not using your days on this earth to do good. SO SAD! SO SAD! SO SAD!
Apr 1, 2014 9:14PM
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 A fat A$$ that can almost speak coherent English...........................And that is the truth. Next on tour a jew that performs labor.
Apr 1, 2014 7:28PM
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weala you are are miserable person O has done so much for so many I feel sorry for you you should get to know better people
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