Earlier this year, Oprah purchased the Seamair Farm Estate, a 23-acre horse farm in Montecito. The “once in a lifetime property” hadn’t been on the market in over 30 years, so Oprah was lucky to purchase the lavish property at auction.
This particular home features four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a swimming pool, plenty of space to garden and a filled fish pond. Although the property is equipped with everything a modern equestrian could need, E! News learned that Oprah didn’t want the horses and they were not included in her purchase of the home and its land.
“I knew my house was impressive,” she wrote. “I mean, just about every guest I ever invited for dinner told me so as they perched on the edge of the opulent sofa, trying not to get fingerprints on anything. I owned a stately home and I poured my heart and soul into making it perfect.”
Perfect wasn’t right, though, so Oprah enlisted the help of designer Rose Tarlow, who told the media mogul, “This house has nothing to do with you.” From there, Oprah changed the decor of the home to one that was more “true to myself,” explaining in O, “All I can tell you is that I’m evolving, my taste is, too, and someday soon this room will represent the person I’ve become.”
According to Forbes, Oprah owns a whopping 163 acres of property in the idyllic Hana area. Nestled neatly upon this pricy piece of land is the renovated, 21st-century farmhouse Oprah featured in O magazine a few years back. She worked with a decorator named Ellie, who said the media mogul liked the Hawaiian home’s “small scale.”
“She already has a large home in Santa Barbara—this seems to go back to something real and personal,” Ellie told O magazine. “It’s a great house for her and two or three friends.”
Oprah has another vacation home back in the continental U.S. in Telluride, Colo. According to the Wall Street Journal, she purchased a fully furnished, five-bedroom home in 2015 for an estimated $14 million. The 8700-square-foot mountain mansion features an extravagant wine cellar, six decks and—brace yourself—a treetop fire pit. (Told you Oprah was living her best life!)
A good portion of Oprah’s’s pre-OWN financial success came from her work based in Chicago. The Windy City was home to The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1986 to 2011. She first purchased a unit in Water Tower Palace back in 1985, according to the Chicago Tribune. By 1992, she purchased an adjoining unit for just over $1 million and then another adjoining unit for $1.5 million the next year. According to the Chicago Tribune, Oprah “rounded out her purchases in 1994” when she paid $1 million for another adjoining unit.
It wasn’t until 2015 that Oprah sold her 9,625-square foot Chicago home for a reported $4.625 million.
Not bad, huh? Keep in mind, too, these are just the homes Oprah’s purchased in her own name. There’s no telling what else this land-loving superstar owns under pseudonyms and private trusts! It’s enough to inspire us all to get towork on our own empires!