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oPrAH g wiNFreY JoHN w rogers Jr
President and Ceo, Harpo Productions Chairman and chief investment officer, Ariel investments LLC
if there’s one name synonymous with A long-time friend to America’s first
influence it’s oprah winfrey. the family, rogers was born into a very
billionaire media maven is one of the prominent Chicago family where a
most influential people on the planet. childhood introduction to the stock
winfrey, 55, is president and Ceo of market inspired him to found one of
Chicago-based Harpo Productions, America’s most successful black-
which in september celebrated the owned investment firms, Chicago-
24th season of the oprah winfrey based Ariel Capital Management
show – the highest-rated talk show (now Ariel investments LLC), 26 years
in American tv history. it airs in 145 ago. rogers, 51, is Ariel’s chairman
countries and Harpo Productions and chief investment officer. He is
has produced various movies the lead portfolio manager for Ariel
and television shows. Next year, Fund and Ariel Appreciation Fund,
winfrey plans to debut her own as well as the firm’s small, small/
cable channel, owN: the oprah winfrey Network. in April 2000 she mid and mid-cap institutional portfolios. rogers is involved with
partnered with Hearst Corporation to launch o, the oprah Magazine, various organisations outside his firm. He serves as a board member
which had one of the most spectacular launches in Us magazine of Aon Corp, exelon Corp and McDonald’s, as well as director of the
history. A south African edition was published two years later. she Chicago Urban League and a trustee of the University of Chicago. After
has a satellite radio channel with sirius XM radio and her book club obama’s historic white House win, rogers served as co-chair for the
has sent many authors to the best-seller lists. Her charity, oprah’s Presidential inaugural Committee. He received a bachelor’s degree in
Angel Network, has raised more than $51m (£30.9m). she invested economics in 1980 from Princeton where he also was captain of the
$40m (£24.23m) to open the oprah winfrey Leadership Academy varsity basketball team and a former teammate of Craig robinson,
for girls near Johannesburg in south Africa in 2007. with a net worth the elder brother of Michelle obama. rogers worked as a broker for
of $2.7bn (£1.63bn), winfrey is the first black woman billionaire. she two-and-a-half years before starting Ariel. He has a daughter with
has a bachelor’s degree from tennessee state University. she and her his former wife, Desirée g rogers, who is the white House social
longtime beau, businessman stedman graham, reside in Chicago. secretary. He is a contributing columnist with Forbes magazine.
DAviD HiNsoN DeBorAH C wrigHt
Administrator, Minority Business Development Agency Chairwoman and Ceo, Carver Bancorp inc
Hinson runs the Minority Business wright, 51, is chair and chief executive
Development Agency (MBDA), a officer of Carver Bancorp inc, the
division of the Us Department of holding company of New York
Commerce. the MBDA is the nation’s City-based Carver Federal savings
only federal agency created to foster Bank, the largest African American-
the establishment and growth of operated bank in the United states.
minority-owned businesses. in 2008, it she has held the title of Ceo since
negotiated more than $2bn (£1.23bn) 1999 and was elected chairwoman
in contracts and capital for minority in 2005. when she took on the job
businesses. over the past 40 years, in 1999, Carver Federal was on the
MBDA has served more than 625,000 verge of going under, having written
such businesses and secured more off millions in bad loans and was
than $25bn (£15.4bn) in loans and fighting a hostile takeover bid.
bonding. the st Louis native, who Under her stewardship the bank has
took up the post in July 2009, has more than 20 years of business nearly doubled its assets and become profitable. wright previously
experience, previously serving as founding president and Ceo of served as president and Ceo of the Upper Manhattan empowerment
wealth Management Network, inc, a multi-million dollar financial Zone Development Corporation, commissioner of the Department
advisory boutique. Before that, Hinson managed a 10-state sales region of Housing Preservation and Development, and appointee to New
as director of advisory services for envestnet Asset Management, a York City Housing Authority Board, which manages New York City’s
financial advisory firm where he also served as managing director 189,000 public housing units. in addition to her duties at Carver,
of business development. Hinson has an MBA in finance from the she serves on the boards of Kraft Foods inc, time warner inc, the
University of Pennsylvania’s wharton school and a bachelor’s degree Partnership for New York City, the Children’s Defense Fund and
in insurance and finance from Howard. Also, he completed a fellowship sesame workshop. she is a member of the board of managers of the
in international finance from the stockholm school of economics and Memorial sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. she earned bachelor’s and law
graduate studies in French at the University of Abidjan, ivory Coast. degrees, as well as an MBA, from Harvard. she has a young daughter.
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