Thursday, Apr. 21, 2011

Oprah Winfrey

This September, the show that has transformed daytime TV and inspired, improved and changed the lives of people around the world will wrap its 25th and final season.

I have always admired independent thinkers, those with the courage, faith and intuition to forge their own ways. In business, these pioneers take calculated risks; care less about bottom lines and more about ideas and innovation; and are intent on bettering the world along the way. Oprah, 57, defines this approach. She has not only made it to the top with the cards stacked against her, but she has also made extraordinary contributions to our global community through her philanthropic efforts.

CNN revolutionized the news based on a good idea, good people and a lot of inspired guesswork. Under Oprah, the OWN channel is primed to combat the tabloid programming we've become accustomed to with smart, enlightened, informative content.

I have often said that if women ruled the world for the next 100 years, we'd all be better off. I have a feeling that with the possibilities at Oprah's fingertips, we may be one step closer.

Turner is a philanthropist and the founder of CNN