By Ryan Velez
One might wonder what you do for fun when you have as much money as Oprah. According to Celebrity Net Worth, apparently visiting a bank. For the first time in 29 years, the star decided to stop into a bank, depositing a check that likely made for one very surprised teller.
On a recent episode of Ellen DeGeneres' "Show Me More Show" on YouTube, Winfrey recounts that she recently visited a physical bank for the first time since 1988 to deposit a check worth $2 million. "I just wanted to," she tells DeGeneres. "I just wanted to do it. I stood in line — just to do it!"
While $2 million dollars is likely more than your average bank patron would ever see, let alone deposit, it is little compared to Winfrey, who boasts a net worth of $3.1 billion according to Forbes. However, she simply described the moment as “fantastic,” which makes a bit of sense if you consider the poverty and obscurity where she first started her life. In the episode, Oprah also revealed that she doesn’t know her own PIN number, and would likely have a hard time using an ATM. This is likely an issue that many people would trade for even an iota of her wealth.
In the interview, Winfrey also shared the advice that she would give to her 21-year-old self. The advice? A simple "Relax, girl," she says. "You're going to be all right."
CNBC tells similar stories of celebrities popping into banks in order to make some surprising deposits. In July, tennis champion Serena Williams revealed in an interview with Uninterrupted, a media company owned by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, that she tried to deposit her very first million in the bank's drive-thru.
I remember, I went through the drive-thru to deposit my check and they were like, 'I think you need to come in for this,'" she says. Williams also shared how she actually used to forget to pick up her checks.
"When I first turned pro, you had to go pick up your check," she says. "I never, never picked it up, so at the end of the year, the tournament directors would literally hand me the check because I would never go get it."