Oprah Partners With Weight Watchers, Buys 10% Stake for $43M


OPrah just made the Weight Watchers stock—how you say? Well she bought a 10% stake of the company at $43 million dollars. But she’ isn’y just a stakeholder in the company she will also be on the Board of Directors. “Weight Watchers has given me the tools to begin to make the lasting shift that I and so many of us who are struggling with weight have longed for,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I believe in the program so much I decided to invest in the company and partner in its evolution.”

Winfrey was compelled by the proven Weight Watchers program combined with new initiatives to broaden the company’s mission to prioritize overall health and wellness. As a part of this long-term partnership, Winfrey is making a substantial equity investment in the company and is joining the Board of Directors, bringing her insight to future products and programs.

“We are expanding our purpose from focusing on weight loss alone to more broadly helping people lead a healthier, happier life,” saidJim Chambers, President and CEO, Weight Watchers International, Inc. “Through our conversations, it became clear that there is tremendous alignment between Oprah’s intention and our mission. We believe that her remarkable ability to connect and inspire people to realize their full potential is uniquely complementary to our powerful community, extraordinary coaches and proven approach.”

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