Michael Patrick Thornton is artistic director and co-founder of Chicago's Gift Theatre Company, and has appeared on ABC's Private Practice. Michael Desmond/ABC hide caption

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Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest women in the world, running a media empire that includes a wildly popular TV talk show, two magazines and a diversified media-production company. Her new 24-hour network, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, will include an hourlong show called Oprah's Next Chapter. AP hide caption

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Frank McCourt (with wife Jamie) announces in 2004 that his $430 million purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been approved. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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Don Cornelius was Soul Train's host and executive producer, but he was also the show's owner, which made him the first black owner of a nationally syndicated television show. Photo courtesy of Soul Train Holdings hide caption

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The Princess and the Frog is Disney's 49th animated film and the fourth to feature a woman of color as the protagonist. Disney Enterprises Inc. hide caption

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