World’s richest Black woman Oprah Winfrey settles trademark lawsuit over ‘Oprahdemics’ podcast

In a recent development, Harpo Productions Inc., the renowned multimedia production company founded by the world’s richest Black woman Oprah Winfrey, has reached a settlement in a trademark lawsuit pertaining to the podcast titled “Oprahdemics.”

The legal battle, which began in August 2022 and lasted for ten months, saw Winfrey alleging that the creators of the podcast were misleading the public into believing that she sponsored or endorsed it.

Court documents revealed that Winfrey, the world’s wealthiest Black woman, was not seeking financial compensation or attempting to halt the podcast.

Instead, she demanded a name change, emphasizing that the use of the term “Oprah” diluted Harpo’s valuable trademarks and capitalized on her hard-earned reputation.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein dismissed the case with prejudice, preventing it from being refiled, following a notice of resolution from Harpo Productions. 

The settlement terms were kept confidential. However, both parties expressed satisfaction with the outcome, and the podcast’s website now identifies the show as “You Get A Podcast!”

The “Oprahdemics” podcast, created by historians Kellie Carter Jackson and Leah Wright Rigueur, explored the cultural impact of Winfrey, known as the “Queen of Talk.” The hosts also delved into iconic episodes from her legendary talk show, which aired from 1986 to 2011.

Despite losing more than $100 million in 2022, Oprah Winfrey remains World’s richest Black woman

While Winfrey experienced a decline in net worth in 2022, with a loss exceeding $100 million, her current wealth stands at an impressive $2.5 billion, cementing her position as the world’s richest Black woman.

Her success can be attributed to her media empire, Harpo Productions, which transformed her talk show into a global phenomenon and facilitated her rise as one of the world’s richest Black billionaires.

Beyond her media ventures, Winfrey holds a 25.5-percent stake in the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a cable channel launched in 2011.

Additionally, she owns a seven-percent stake in Weight Watchers, valued at $492 million, and has made lucrative gains from her real estate investments. Notably, the recent sale of her Montecito estate in California generated a gross profit of $6.6 million.

In a bid to diversify her investment portfolio, Winfrey recently made a significant investment in Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skincare brand, showcasing her entrepreneurial acumen and commitment to exploring new opportunities.

Mfonobong Nsehe
Mfonobong Nsehehttp://Billionaires.Africa
With over a decade of experience creating impactful narratives about Africa, Mfonobong Nsehe is one of the most recognized journalism and communications professionals on the continent. He is the editor-in-chief of Billionaires.Africa. A former Forbes Magazine contributor covering African wealth and entrepreneurship, Mfonobong conceptualized, initiated, and managed for a decade the Forbes annual ranking of Africa’s richest people. He was also the pioneer managing editor of Ventures Africa and built it into one of the continent’s most influential business news companies.

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