Here’s How Oprah Winfrey Lost More Than $27 Million on Weight Watchers in One Night

Company shares go on a crash diet and the media mogul is the biggest loser

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Oprah Winfrey lost more than $27 million overnight, as Weight Watchers stock plummeted after-hours — hard. On Thursday, the stock had closed at $15.53 per share. By Friday morning’s U.S. stock exchange open, it was valued at just $11.25 — down a whopping 27.6 percent.

Here’s the math: Winfrey owns 10 percent of the weight loss company, or 15 percent when stock options are exercised. Weight Watchers has 63,621,022 shares outstanding, which would mean Winfrey owns 6,362,102.2 of those, without even exercising her option.

With each share falling $4.28, that means Winfrey’s interest declined by $27,229,797.40.

Fortunately, not that long ago she earned $13.8 million in a day, simply by tweeting about eating bread. Read more about how that happened here. Plus, the stock soared when Oprah originally just invested in the company.

So, what went wrong?

Well, on Thursday, Weight Watchers reported its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings. These things either come out before the U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. ET, or after it closes at 4 o’clock p.m. This one was after the market closed, and apparently, the numbers were not good.

Weight Watchers lost 3 cents per share in Q4, and revenues declined 21 percent year over year.

Somewhere, Jenny Craig is quietly popping some low-carb champagne.


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