Oprah is somewhere between a person and a god, like Hercules or Batman. She has earned many lifetimes of power and influence...and yet she uses it for good. Like, to get people to read more. But her benevolence is even more impressive when you learn that she grew up so poor, she would have to wear potato sacks to school. She got bullied a lot for her circumstances, and her home life was even more hostile. But she didn't get burned out on people: just the opposite. Overcoming these crazy odds, she is now head of an entire empire build out of some seriously true grit. Fun fact: she also dated fellow badass Roger Ebert along the way. We miss that guy.