Stedman Graham, Jr. (born March 6, 1951) is an American educator, author, businessman and speaker, although he is primarily known as the partner of media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Graham and Winfrey were engaged to be married in November 1992, but later decided they would rather have a “spiritual union.”
Early life and education
Graham was born on March 6, 1951, in the Whitesboro section of Middle Township, New Jersey, the son of Mary Jacobs Graham and Stedman Graham, Sr. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University in 1974 and a Master’s degree in Education from Ball State University in 1979.
Graham is an entrepreneur and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a Chicago-based corporate and educational marketing and consulting firm. He is also founder of AAD (formerly, Athletes Against Drugs), a non-profit organization that provides services to youth and has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships since its founding in 1985.
Graham is the author of several self-help and business related books, including:
The Ultimate Guide to Sport Event Management and Marketing (1995)
You Can Make It Happen: A Nine Step Plan for Success (1997)
You Can Make It Happen Every Day (1998)
Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps for Success (2000)
Teens Can Make It Happen Workbook (2001)
The Ultimate Guide to Sports Marketing (2001)
Build Your Own Life Brand!: A Powerful Strategy to Maximize Your Potential and Enhance Your Value for Ultimate Achievement (2002)
Move Without the Ball: Put Your Skills and Your Magic to Work for You (2004)
Who Are You? (2005)
Diversity: Leaders Not Labels: A New Plan for a the 21st Century (2006)
Identity: Your Passport to Success (2012)
Graham became a columnist for the Huffington Post in 2013. He contributed an article on personal identity to the College Board School Counseling Series in 2012.
Graham was the constant companion of WFLD-TV anchor Robin Robinson from 1982–1985. Graham has been the subject of much publicity since 1986, most notably through tabloid articles claiming to chronicle his ongoing relationship with Winfrey. Graham has been dating Winfrey since 1986.