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Oprah Winfrey v Madonna
Oprah Winfrey is queen of the TV chat show and a self-made billionaire. Madonna is a pop icon for millions around the globe.
So, who is the most powerful in the world of celebrity?

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Did you know...

1. Oprah Winfrey became the youngest person to anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV at the tender age of 19.

2. She is reported to earn over $150m (90m) each year.

3. The Oprah Winfrey Show is syndicated to 211 US TV stations, as well as broadcasters in 105 countries.

4. She made her film debut in 1985 as "Sofia" in Steven Spielberg's The Colour Purple and received both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.

Aged 49
Crowned 'Miss Tennessee' in 1971
Earnings estimated at $150m per year
5. Oprah initiated the US National Child Protection Act in 1991, to establish a national database of convicted child abusers. Two years later former president Bill Clinton signed and sealed "Oprah's Law".

6. Oprah and The Oprah Winfrey Show have received a total of 38 Daytime Emmy Awards.

7. A celebrity yo-yo dieter, Oprah employs her very own

8. Oprah is the chairman of Harpo, Inc., Harpo Productions, Inc., Harpo Studios, Inc., Harpo Films, Inc., Harpo Print, LLC and Harpo Video, Inc. And Harpo is Oprah backwards.

9. In 2003 she became the first African-American woman to make the annual Forbes Magazine list of the world's wealthiest people - with a fortune of about $1 billion (600m) .

10. The Oprah Winfrey Foundation continues to expand Oprah's global humanitarian efforts in developing countries.

1. According to legend, Madonna arrived in New York from Michigan in 1978 in search of fame with only $35 in her pocket.

2. In the late 1970s Madonna played drums and sang in a band called The Breakfast Club.

3. She got the Catholic church hot under the collar by snogging a Jesus effigy in the promo for 'Like A Prayer'.

4. The webcast of her gig at Brixton Academy in 2000 was watched by over 9 million people worldwide.

Madonna on the Jonathan Ross show
Aged 45
Her father raised six children by himself
Earnings estimated at $25m per year
5. Her record company Maverick set up in 1992 has helped raise her fortune to an estimated $600m (350m) .

6. In 2002, Madonna received an entry into the Encyclopaedia Britannica as a modern day icon of pop.

7. Madonna's recent book, "The English Roses", has become the fastest-selling children's picture book ever. It sold more than 10,000 copies in the UK in its first week alone.

8. In an online poll organised by music channel VH1 in 2002, she was voted as the greatest woman in music ahead of Kylie Minogue, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin, garnering 17 per cent of 750,000 votes cast.

9. Madonna and Guy Ritchie are followers of the brand of Hebrew faith known as Kabbalah, a philosophical belief system sometimes described as a mystical branch of Judaism.

10. The 45-year-old has sold over 140 million albums, making her the most successful female artiste ever.

World's Most Powerful: Oprah or Madonna
Thursday 27 November 2003 at 2150 GMT on BBC Two

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