Oprah Winfrey Reportedly Bought House for Half-Sister

Oprah Winfrey Wisconsin house halfsister

By Erika Riggs

Oprah Winfrey is famously generous -- and it turns out, perhaps even more so with family. She reportedly dropped $490,000 on a home in Wisconsin for her half-sister Patricia Lofton, whom she met in 2010.

Lofton was born a few years after Winfrey to Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, but was put into foster care as an infant. At that point, Winfrey was already living with her father. Lofton was later adopted.

According to property records, Winfrey bought the home in late 2012, just two years after getting to know Lofton. A Winfrey spokeswoman was quoted by DailyMail.com saying, "Patricia's greatest dream was to go to college and become a social worker. Oprah wants to support that dream."

Lofton has a dream home to return to at the end of a long day. A 2011 report by TMZ stated that Lofton was living in a four-bed, one-bath home measuring 1,070 square feet. Lofton's new home, care of Winfrey, is quite the upgrade. The house sits on nearly a third of an acre with four bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

Winfrey may feel comfortable visiting Lofton's new place; according to the listing, the home is private and partially wooded.

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