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Oprah Takes Employees On Serious Vacations!!!

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The economy has made life financially difficult …unless you're Oprah Winfrey!!!!!

In honor of Oprah's 55th birthday, she is hosting a 3-day party in Barcelona, Spain followed by a 10-day Mediterranean cruise for her 1700 employees and their families!

Winfrey is footing the bill for everything, including transportation, food and "special activities" totaling to $5,400 per person.


The Harpo crew will travel from Barcelona to Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Malta on a Norwegian Gem liner booked specifically for the occasion.

Four years ago, the billionaire took her entire staff on an all expense paid trip to Hawaii.

We want to see her top this one!!!!!

[Image via WENN.]

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64 comments to “Oprah Takes Employees On Serious Vacations!!!”

  1. 1

    thats 9 million dollars!

  2. 2

    damn i wish my dad was cool enough to work for her!

  3. 3

    Easy, she just need to take the employees for a flight to space and back.

  4. 4

    Ummmm Her bday is in January…

  5. 5

    That is some sweet bonus.

  6. 6one9 says – reply to this


    A cruise is the ONLY way to go for a great relaxing vacay!! Been there done that and I will do it again when I'm ready for another vacation!!

  7. 7


  8. 8

    crap!, i'd always wanted to work for her. seems like a good place to work at. Not because of the bonus, that's just gravy.. :D

  9. mme says – reply to this


    'Amazeballs' is not going to catch on, Perez, let it go.

  10. 10

    Props to Oprah for doing this. A REALLY nice gesture!

  11. 11

    awesome! she's very generous

  12. 12

    That can't possibly be right. That number can range from 9 million for no family members to 27 million if everyone has a significant number and a kid or two.

  13. 13

    I knew about this months ago because the Oprah staff all got to bring one guest and I know someone who gets to be a guest. Then I talked to another lady a week ago that is a guest as well because her friend works for Oprah. It's so not fair what credentials do you have to have to work for her….talking to god or something???? Seriously who would quit a job at Harpo when she does THIS. Ugh super jealous.

  14. 14


  15. 15

    9 and someething millions just for the employees plus some more millions for their families!!!

    What a nice boss!!!

  16. croc says – reply to this


    Lucky folks! With perks like that, I'm sure turnover is low.

  17. 17

    those lucky fucks!! i havn't had a raise in over 3yrs AND didn't even get a christmas bonus last year!!! not even a damn christmas card!!! i'm so pissed.

  18. 18

    omg her foots ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  19. 19

    NOW THAT'S HOW U TAKE CARE OF UR EMPLOYEES AND KEEP UP MORAL!!…we get a shitty birthday card every year from the president of the company!!

  20. 20

    I am friends with people who work for HARPO and are currently on this trip. 1700 is the total number of people on the trip. If you were not married, you were entitled to one guest. If you were married your spouse and (if you had kids) got to go. 1700 is the number with 1 guest or spouse and children. Also, this trip is not to celebrate her 55th birthday party. She did this as a bonus and thank you to her staff for their dedication and hard work. She does this every few years and this one was called "Trip of a Lifetime!"

  21. 21


    I want to work for you Oprah.


  22. 22

    I wish I worked for Oprah.

  23. 23

    Great boss! Wish I had one like her. Doubt anyone else have one like that. Never heard a story like this. Go Oprah! At last some postive news today! Thanks Perez hope you feel better soon.

  24. 24

    That could be you, Perez. Doing the same thing for your employees. You're well on your way to "making it" just like Oprah.

  25. 25

    Boy, I wish I worked for Oprah right now.

  26. 26

    how generous…i wish i worked for her :)

  27. MP says – reply to this


    That's very kind of her. She looks beautiful in that picture above.

  28. 28

    i was just on the same cruise that she was on and stayed on the floor she is staying on. my friend stayed in oprahs room and justin timerblake is staying in her the room her aunt and uncle stayed in.

  29. enjoi says – reply to this


    martha stewart should take notes.

  30. 30

    Re: SuperNovaTop – I second that, baby! My very last nerve is exposed, and "Amazeballs" is sitting front and center on top of it.

  31. 31

    GROSS! I hate feet to begin with, but black, buniony, filbert feet (when i was little, filbert nuts were called 'n*gg*r toes') and flowing pink taffeta? No slaves to carry "O"'s train? No slaves to throw rose petals under her filberts?

  32. 32




  33. 33

    shit, wish i worked for oprah…

  34. *Jem* says – reply to this


    wow wtg Oprah!

  35. 35

    Amazeballs is a stupid word.

  36. 36

    sometimes I dont like this chick. But that is a very generous and kind thing to do.

  37. AMO says – reply to this


    Re: mme – Right? He's always trying to push his dumb, made up words on us. What a tool!

  38. 38

    What will it take to make you stop using amazeballs? It is so fucking stupid!

  39. 39

    poor thing, stop wearing high heels for once dear oprah

  40. 40

    As a South African, I am so disappointed in Ms. Winfrey. She has made a promise to support ZA and its tourism, but it is so obvious that she as only done so until it was newsworthy. As soon as South Africa has been able to make its own money from tourism, she ran away. I am so ashamed because she claims to be one of us, but she is just another celebrity that feels pity for those "poor Africans". Miss Winfrey, you should be ashamed for exploiting our poverty and then forgetting us. We will not forget your callousness.

  41. 41

    perez is a liar and hypocrite, leave this place perez. you no longer belong

  42. 42

    Nice except my fitness trainer says I should avoid cruises because of the all you can eat food…. hint, hint Oprah

  43. 43

    Now that's how to treat your employees. What a great ting to do.

  44. 44

    My cousin and his wife work for Oprah and they're on this trip right now Im sooo jealous! I have a funny story about it though. They were supposed to go to the Bahamas but I guess the airport there couldnt support the chartered planes or something like that so Oprah called a meeting and was like we cant go to the Bahamas but we're going to Wisconsin! And all the staff was like ohhhh thats cool (not really) and then she was like haha just kidding and sprung up this amazing cruise! But actually she isnt paying for everything, my cousins say their are a couple things they do have to pay for but still totally amazing and generous but I know their staff works hard my cousin wakes up at like 4 every morning and his wife works all kinds of crazy hours weekdays and weekends!

  45. 45

    You hear that? That's the sound of me applying for a job at Harpo.

  46. 46

    its more than 9 million dollars, that would be just for the employees, but she paying for their families also! if each one has a spouse and kid, it come up to nearly 30 million!!!

  47. 47

    at least she can right it off on her taxes. hahaha good idea oprah!

  48. dupe says – reply to this


    It keeps the feds off her back, spending stupid money!

  49. 49

    do you reckon she has any job vacancies at the mo?

  50. Big O says – reply to this


    My friend is on this very cruise right now. I can't wait to see her pictures. This is a VERY generous gift and will be the vacation of a lifetime!!!

  51. 51

    I smell tax write-off here!!! I'm so sick of this over rated bitch I could almost take a gun to my head!!!! Behind scenes she's probably the biggest diva !! Plus, you know when they hire personnell at Harpo Ent. they have to sign some kind of contract (you quit, must hand over first newborn) something of that callibor, and no telling what else. There's nothing like bribery and extortion to keep the peeps happy.

  52. 52

    What a wonderful woman…………and some very lucky employees

  53. 53

    Why is she barefoot?

  54. indy7 says – reply to this


    im going to the same one in jan…only mine is 12 days and it goes to egypt too. man! couldve seen oprah!

  55. 55

    holy cow! those lucky bitches! haha! I'm gonna go work for oprah now… bye y'all! lol ;)

  56. 56

    oprah has the same birthday as me, along with adam lambert :D
    & i have the same birthday as my mum & my brother


  57. 57

    is it just me or have she worn this same dress in like twenty other different colors?

  58. 58

    Thats awesome! Shes a great boss! Lol!

  59. 59

    My family and I actually just got back from this cruise on Sunday. The employees told us shes taking the cruise for 15 days and that it cost $7 million to rent!! Shes also bringing Beyonce and Justin Timberlake for entertainment. They cruise doesn't know her schedule and always has to keep a table or spot or seats or whatever for 6 everywhere. It was an AMAZING cruise, and I know why she chose it!! When we heard about it, I couldn't believe I'd be on the same ship that Oprah would be on the next day!

  60. 60

    Amazeballs nothing… this woman has enough money to get each and every homeless family in America out of poverty and on their feet. Not saying she should do it, but it is food for thought… if every person in America who has at least 25 million in cash donated say, $150,000 to poverty in America, there would be, well, no more poverty in America. People could be housed, cleaned up, fed, educated, clothed, etc. etc. But nope. So in all honesty, paying for her employees vacations does NOT impress me. Esp. when the uber wealthy of this country get tons of freebies anyway. Makes no sense. I'm all for working hard and pulling oneself up by one's own bootstraps… but shit, sometimes it helps when someone donates ya the bootstraps. How ’bout Oprah open a school in THIS country. If she, and Trump, and Gates, and like most celebs got together and threw together a little chump change, this country could be on its feet. No one NEEDS mega millions or BILLIONS.

  61. 61

    Re: tkbutler – Yeah, not impressive though… that would be like an upper middle class person buying his family 2-5K worth of shit at Christmas. No fucking big deal.

  62. 62

    How the hell can she justify that total misuse of money for her no one cares birthday? Does everyone have to attend even if they might not want to. Do all of her employees and their families have to be in tune with her whims? How about just giving employees a bonus or trip, their choice. I am so sick of this woman and her influence on stupid people in this country, including the prez and michelle.

  63. 63

    i will be in GREECE all summer too… :) I'd love to work for Oprah though!

  64. 64

    my dad's cousin is on this trip. husband, wife, and 7 kids courtesy of oprah. solid.