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Oprah Winfrey Buys 10 Percent of Weight Watchers and Joins the Board of Directors

By Marissa Gold

On Monday, Weight Watchers announced that the patron saint of inspiring people herself, Oprah Winfrey, has invested in the brand and joined its board of directors. Weight loss is a topic Winfrey has become known for, as she's spent decades chronicling her own personal progress and sharing tips that have worked for her. In the announcement about the partnership, she credits the organization for helping her keep her progress going.

"I believe in the program so much I decided to invest in the company and partner in its evolution," said Winfrey in a press release.

Jim Chambers, president and CEO of Weight Watchers said of Winfrey, "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."

That's for sure. Winfrey officially purchased a 10 percent share in the company, but she's not just a shareholder — she's also a client. She'll continue to share her experiences on the program with the public, which is a move that will undoubtedly bring continued success to the brand.

Watch Winfrey's exclusive MAKERS story in the video above.

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